Squirrel Attack!

20 May

Hello readers!!! Today marked the first trial run we had at testing out this nature photography contest and although it was a very nice day out we had a very scary encounter.  My son and I plus a close friend of mine went to a very beautiful birding center called Quinta Mazatlan.  While walking through the trails and stopping every few minutes to take some nice pictures we came across a family.  We noticed they were touching something and not sure what until we got a closer look.  We quickly noticed they were petting a squirrel.  My first instict was to think this was really adorable.  However, my friend happened to mention that squirrels carry rabies.  By this point the family left and we began to snap some photos of the squirrel.  It was all going ok until we decided to leave.  As we walked away the squirrel began to follow us.  Once again I thought this was cute, until the squirrel ran past us and stopped right in front of our path blocking us.  This is where panic began to set in.  We all chuckled and tried to walk along all the while this squirrel following and jumping in front of us.  After some running, ditching and dogding we made it to the welcome center and hid inside.  We waited for a while thinking the squirrel would scamper off.  Boy were we mistaken.  We walked outside and there it was.  Somehow the squirrel ran into the building and continued to chase us.  I notified one of the employees of the situation and she thought it was the most amazing thing, stating that this was the first time it had ever happened.  She helped in ushering the squirrel outside at which point it began to follow my friend who was several feet ahead.  Luckily another employee was outside and she so nonchalantly scooped up the squirrel and took it to another part of the center.  We later learned that other families had called the center while on the trail informing them of a “situation” with a squirrel out on the trail.  It seems that the issue was due to the heat in Texas the squirrels have been really thirsty and more than likely was finding a way to let us know it wanted some water.  I feel so horrible now thinking I could have helped it somehow by setting down some water.  Luckily though this center has some awesome staff and they recognized the situation right away and took care of it.  That is the picture of the cute little guy that gave me, my son and my friend an afternoon adventure to remember. DSCF0179

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2 Responses to “Squirrel Attack!”

  1. Amelia May 23, 2013 at 8:31 PM #

    Had it actually been attacking you, you would have known! They hiss & squel horribly! These seem to be used to humans. I wasn’t attacked but in Arkansas it happened a couple of times when we caught them off guard! Very scary! lol!

    & btw that is a cool pic. & a cool looking squirrel.

  2. proudsinglemama May 23, 2013 at 8:42 PM #

    Lol. I have always only seen squirrels scamper up trees, so we had no idea how to react when it started following us other than to be scared and freak out. But yea once we learned it only wanted water we felt bad. Thank you for the compliment on the pic. 🙂

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