The Game is Afoot

attack.jpgBack in college I wrote a short story involving squirrels for my creative writing class. We peer reviewed each others’ stories, and mine was described alternately as hilarious, disturbing, or both. Well, I’d like to add another description – prescient. Squirrels are making an initial volley of attacks, it seems. A squirrel in a Mountain View park jumped a 4 year old boy, latching on and biting him even as he dropped to the ground and rolled. From the first recent news story:

“As for Andrew, he’s still trying to make sense of the assault. He
declared he’s never going into a park with trees ever again, his
mother said, and he keeps telling everyone the squirrel was trying to
eat him.”

Well, the humans decided to strike back, placing traps and promising to humanely euthanize any squirrels caught (personally, I think they should make an example of squirrels caught, perhaps by hanging them by their tails and shaving them, in full view of the other squirrels). Will the supposedly greater brainpower possessed by the biped combatants ensure victory? There are doubters even among their own ranks. From a later story:

“The squirrels will be back,” South Bay wildlife rehabilitator Norma
Campbell said. “For every one you take out, two more will come
in….”

Hide your children.

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