Squirrel Wednesday

So in this space I’ve told you how squirrels can fly, purr, and maybe even live forever. Today I learned of another special squirrel ability—apparently, like many animals, squirrels can and do masturbate, but they can also (now don’t get jealous, guys, because I know most of you have tried it) self-fellate:

“An oral masturbation was recorded when a male sat with head lowered and an erect penis in his mouth, being stimulated with both mouth (fellatio) and forepaws (masturbation), while the lower torso moved forward and backwards in thrusting motions, finally culminating in an apparent ejaculation, after which the male appeared to consume the ejaculate.”

So…yeah. Apparently, according to this article, Cape ground squirrels do this both to ward off sexually transmitted diseases and to conserve water (hey, they live in the desert! no need to waste precious body moisture on, er, bathing).


Squirrel, AMS

I found this little guy decorating a bike basket in Amsterdam. Cheerful!

Well, I’ve been too busy with the day job and evening freelance work to do a proper recap of last week’s visit to the Netherlands. But at least I got a couple of squirrel shots while there, so that’ll have to suffice for now. I found this proud fellow at a bakery in the western canal district of Amsterdam last Monday afternoon, when I stopped in for a delicious apple pastry:
Bakery squirrel, AMS


(via Cuteoverload)

This odd and difficult season has left me slightly battered. Here’s hoping autumn brings happier adventures.


Squirrel in Princeton. They’re just a little cleaner, cuter, preppier down there.


A few years back we took a quick road trip down to Carrboro, North Carolina, so Will could get some songs mastered. This guy was gracing the door of an adjacent studio.

Squirrel trivet!

When we traveled to France last spring we had a sublime hours-long lunch with some friends of a friend at a farm on a remote hilltop in Burgundy. And look what adorable creature they chose to shield the table from the scalding pot of chicken stew! I should mention that we never actually saw a live squirrel anywhere in the country.

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