Back in December 2020, I posted the true story of a squirrel stealing a scarf from an outdoor Christmas elf. (To read the full story, please click here.)
I am truly amazed by the accomplishments of this squirrel. It must have taken a lot of tugging to remove the scarf. I wish I had pictures of him dragging it across the lawn and jumping up onto a tree trunk with it bunched up in his mouth. From time to time, he stopped to readjust the scarf with his paws. I was sure he would drop it, but he hung onto it. At one point, the scarf was caught on bark and branches, but the squirrel kept tugging with his whole body until he pulled it free and took his hard-won prize into his nest. Such determination and skill!
I did not expect to ever see that scarf again. We recently had several snowstorms. The mounds of snow on our lawn resemble icebergs and are very slow to melt. Much to my surprise, I discovered shredded pieces of the stolen scarf mixed with pieces of straw, as shown in the photo above. I assumed the scarf would remain in one piece to be used as a blanket. Instead, this creative little squirrel invented outdoor insulation! What will this clever home improvement specialist do next? Stay tuned!