EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: ENJOY Squirrel Appreciation Day

Etsy for Animals (EFA) aka Artists Helping Animals,

is a team of independent artists, craftspeople,

vintage sellers and craft suppliers on Etsy.com

who are dedicated to providing charitable relief to animals

by donating a portion of the profits from their shops

to an animal charity of their choosing,

and/or to EFA's featured Charity of the Month.

Friday, January 21, 2011

ENJOY Squirrel Appreciation Day

Squirrel Appreciation Day:

Let’s Hear it for the Squirrel !

by Corinna of TheFrogBag

Ahh, squirrels... so ubiquitous we may not even notice them. But doesn’t that very fact make them special ? Not many animals can make a go of it in our increasingly urban environment !

Lots of people label common animals like crows, skunks, and squirrels as pests. But stop and think: the only reason they are pests is because they can survive along side us, no easy feat if you ask a wolf, manatee or wolverine!

Squirrels in particular have a way of integrating with altered landscapes. Unlike an opossum or coyote, the humble squirrel is happy to appear during the day. She will invade your bird feeder right in front of you, steal your daughter’s last potato chip, or throw walnuts at you and your dog if you happen to walk under the wrong tree. That’s pretty nervy for an animal that probably only weighs 1/100th of what you do!

Personally, I became very familiar with squirrels during the time I spent working in a wildlife hospital. One season we raised over 120 injured and orphaned babies. And that was in addition to all of the adult squirrels that came in after tangling with dogs, cats, cars, and BB guns.

I became very well acquainted with squirrel teeth, too. I’ve spent the last decade working with animals, and have been bit by everything from baby rats to spider monkeys, so I can assure you that squirrel bites are among the most painful.

We only have three species of squirrel here in Southern California (of which only two are native) but there are at least 300 species found worldwide. The smallest is the African pygmy squirrel, which measures all of five inches. The largest is the Indian giant squirrel, which is three feet long! I have to say, I’m glad I’ve never been bitten by one of those!

But don’t let me leave you with the impression that squirrels are some sort of gladiatorial species, happy only when latched onto a hapless caretaker’s finger. On the contrary, squirrels are very good mothers. They take excellent care of their babies, building complex nests to keep them warm and dry. They are smart too: they often build an additional nest which serves as a get-away spot in case the babies need to be moved. Of course, nothing stops Mama Squirrel from taking a nap in the extra nest when the babies are being too rambunctious. Like I said, pretty smart!

Squirrels also might help us learn how to adapt to global climate change. Yukon red squirrels seem to be experiencing a rapid evolutionary response to the warming of their habitat, a finding that is among the first to document genetic change in a mammal. Perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised. Few animals are as adaptable as the squirrel.

So let’s hear it for that squirrel ! Or that 'skiouros', if you’d prefer to call him by the Greek word from which squirrel is derived. It means “shadow-tail”, a fitting appellation for an animal that is so often seen and so seldom noticed.


Team EFA is having a Squirrel Festival this week !!!
Check out the Squirrel Treasury HERE
and also yesterday's fabulous story:
"A Tail of Lost Nuts" HERE


  1. I love squirrels. The little grey ones introduced into the UK are taking over and considered a nuisance. We have a couple who regularly visit our garden enjoying the bird food even though we put out special food just for the squirrels! I love to watch them and yes they do have sharp teeth. My daughter found a seemingly comatose squirrel on the front path. It had fallen off the roof but soon came around when she tried to 'rescue' it.

  2. Aww, what a sweet & interesting post about such a cute, wonderful little animal! Corinna, thank you for that & thanks so much EFA for including my mandible here! Off to check out the links. Yay squirrels!

  3. Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

    Haha, Dragonfly! That sounds like a squirrel, alright!

  4. Yay! Squirrel day!! ( I am BlindSquirrel on Etsy)


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