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Squirrels Force Change of Plans in Holiday Lights

St. Paul squirrels like to eat the wiring at a local park

(Newser) - A troop of hungry squirrels has put the kibosh on a downtown St. Paul park's holiday lights display. Friends of Mears Park had to forego the usual display this year because squirrels chewed through the lights' wires last year and the vendor refused to put up with the headache...

Her Car Wasn't Acting Right. Then: 'My Jaw Hit the Floor'

Squirrels hid hundreds of walnuts under hood of woman's car, did a number on hubby's truck

(Newser) - When nuts fall off a tree, they usually accumulate in piles at the tree's base—which is why Chris Persic found it odd that underneath the black walnut tree in the yard of his Pittsburgh home, there were very few walnuts. CBS Pittsburgh reports that mystery was solved this...

Police Praise Good Samaritan 'Squirrel Whisperer'

Mama squirrel sought help for her baby, and Tia Powell complied

(Newser) - Police in Virginia are praising a woman they've dubbed the "squirrel whisperer" for helping out a baby squirrel and its mother, per the AP . In a Facebook post, Pulaski police say officers received a call from a woman who told them a squirrel came up to her on...

Fliers Cheer as Woman, Squirrel Are Kicked Off Plane
Fliers Cheer as Woman,
Squirrel Are Kicked Off Plane

Fliers Cheer as Woman, Squirrel Are Kicked Off Plane

The rodents aren't permitted on Frontier flights as emotional support animals

(Newser) - If you're wondering how on earth a squirrel managed to get onto a plane at the Orlando airport, here's the answer: A woman walked right on board with it Tuesday. USA Today reports the passenger had told Frontier Airlines in advance that she would be bringing an "...

Campus to Hold Funeral for Beloved Squirrel

White-tailed squirrel was said to bring good luck

(Newser) - Spying a glimpse of his snowy white behind was said to bring luck, a good grade on a tough exam, or even just a fun weekend. With news of his death on Monday, the University of Houston plunged into grief, the Houston Chronicle reports. Emotional tributes poured in on social...

Lawmaker Railed Against Squirrels. One Fought Back

'It was like a suicide bomber, getting revenge'

(Newser) - At a city council meeting in October, Chicago Alderman Howard Brookins Jr. gave a heated speech about "aggressive squirrels" chewing through garbage bins at a big expense to the city, reported the Chicago Sun-Times —and perhaps the animals caught wind of it. On Nov. 13, Brookins was riding...

Squirrels Prove It: Females Do All the Work, Guys Goof Off

Males appear to spend a lot of time basking in the sun: new study

(Newser) - Science has given tired women everywhere their I-told-you-so-moment, and it comes courtesy of the hapless Arctic ground squirrel: The males of the species appear to spend most of their non-hibernating months soaking up the rays above ground while the females are kept busy either nursing their young below ground or...

Squirrel Hunters Cause Lockdown at Ark. School

Teacher saw men with guns

(Newser) - A report of armed men near an Arkansas elementary school led to a campus lockdown before police confirmed the three were actually pest control employees chasing squirrels. A teacher at Gardner STEM Magnet School in Hot Springs saw the men about 8am Wednesday and notified administrators. According to a statement...

Town's Fundraiser Doubles as ... Squirrel Hunt?
 Doubles as 
 ... Squirrel Hunt? 

Town's Fundraiser Doubles as ... Squirrel Hunt?

Fire department's tradition isn't sitting well with animal fans

(Newser) - A fire department in rural upstate New York has an unusual way of raising money to buy new gear—a "squirrel slam." Every year, the Holley department organizes a hunt, sells tickets, and hands out prizes for the best carcasses. ("Reds & grays only!!" says the...

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