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Sep 16, 2007

Mission: Sqwerlpossible!

Who is the drug-snorting maniac that came up with this one!? I love it.

People, I give you the "Sqwerl Obstacle Course". [Plus bonus vending machine stealing footage]

Stephen S., thanks fer pointing this one out ;)

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I LOVE the soundtrack! And squirrels are wonderful :)

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 02:35 PM

This is too funny!!! Who knew there was a need for a sqwerl obstacle course???

Renee in Texas
 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 02:36 PM

Okay, that proves it. We need to stop "preventing" squirrels from getting at the birdfeeders.

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 02:40 PM

dats totally nuts ^^

you can totally tell they used squirrel doubles ;)

oh and i wanna marry the video splicer guy 'Mike Cupcake' so I can be Missus Cuppycake ^^

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 02:52 PM

almost Bleen again!
I saw this several years ago, on educational tv. (PBS? Discovery? Animal Planet?) on a show about squirrels and how incredibly smart they are.

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 02:54 PM

Thank you, Cuteoverload! I love the leetle squirrels. *heart's cockles are warmed*

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 03:01 PM

the music and obstacle course was killing me, but the fuzzy squirrel tail sticking out of the vending machine at the end was the final death blow.

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 03:06 PM

They used to show this on the Beeb back when I was a nipper - the show was called "Daylight Robbery", and they talked to all sorts of people who were coming up with ideas to prevent squirrels from raising bird feeders. They invented an obstacle course http://www.squirrels.org/t_video.html
which the fuzzy little bandits mastered pretty quickly, and then there was the Daylight Robbery II sequel. What was cool was how they showed the squizzels learning how to get through it - cunning and intelligent widdle fuzzkins :)

Tony James
 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 03:08 PM

Unh Hun I rest My case about squirrel domination of the world..

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 03:13 PM

LOL brilliant.. looks like he's having fun doing it too =)

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 03:14 PM

Yes its a BBC TV show , I remember seeing it the first time around

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 03:32 PM

Are you KIDDING ME with the red rocket at the end???!

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 03:35 PM

Too cute!

This recently came my way, for those who yearn for panditude. Look at the way she's waving to her fans!


 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 03:50 PM

I dunno, that was a great video, but if he was really *that* smart, wouldn't he just climb up the pole with the nuts on in the first place?

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 03:54 PM

y'all ready for National Squirrel Awareness Week?


 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 04:00 PM

I love those little guys! The vending machine had me cracking up! Took long enough to select something with nuts then zoooommmmmm. Success!

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 04:07 PM

Daylight Robbery was one of the highlights of my childhood. I was always telling people about the vending machine thefts. amazing lil guys!

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 04:10 PM

Is it just me or does it look like the smart little fluffernutter even manage to grab a "Payday" bar filled with delectabuhls penuts?

Mrs Jessica F.
 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 04:31 PM

If dee sqwerl eeats too mucho of dee kandeebars, dee sqwerl vill geet too fawt and geet stuck in vendy-macheen.

Catman Dude =^-.-^=
 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 04:35 PM

I object strongly to this movie because:

1) it's cruel towards squirrels
2) it's cruel towards vending machines
3) it's cruel towards other less-capable, differently-abled rodents
4) "obstacle course" is a cruel word, please use "alternate approach course" instead
5) it glorifies obstacles, which kill billions every day
6) it glorifies candy bars, which fatten billions every day
7) it glorifies vending machines, which tip over onto billions every day
8) it glorifies squirrels' ingenuity at the expense of their spirituality

Oh, the suffering.

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 04:36 PM

"I dunno, that was a great video, but if he was really *that* smart, wouldn't he just climb up the pole with the nuts on in the first place?"

Posted by: Blackacre | Sep 16, 2007 at 03:54 PM

I too saw the whole TV show a decade ago - they did something to the pole with the nuts on it so that there was only 1 way on - so no climbing or jumping. I like the paw action making the little red rocket go faster!

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 04:41 PM

Lucie, yours has to be the best 'nuff-ish post ever. :)

Great video! I should make all my friends who doubt animal intelligence watch this.

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 04:53 PM

I, too, saw the "daylight robbery" show. I was truly amazed at how smart squirrels are. Cute too!

Love the skwerl in the rocket ship! Vroom! Hit light speed, Chewy!

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 05:19 PM

Ya, I remember that show too - it was imported into the Colonies by PBS... 80s? I can't even remember any more... :P

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 05:21 PM

Wouldn't you just die if you reached in the vending machine for your Kit Kat and got a hand full of squirrel?

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 05:39 PM

After all that, he just gets peanuts? Come on, up the ante!

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 05:41 PM

Cheeky bastard!

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 05:46 PM

Wow. I was thinking that things couldn't get any better than the little red rocket, and then we saw the vending machine! Waaaay too cute!

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 05:51 PM

Oh the little rocket killed me! I missed the vending machine the first time because I was still laughing so hard about the rocket.

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 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 05:52 PM


I remember seeing this on TV a number of years ago.

Aparently, some people wanted to see how resourceful skwerls were when it came to stealing from their bird feeders, so they kept adding more and more to the "course". The hardes part were the white things on a rope - they spin, throwing the skwerl off balance. Hence why he/she dashed over them like they were on fire!

I think it took three days for the skwerls to "master" the art of the "obstacles".

Rodents, yes, but not stupid!

Magic Mood Jeep
 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 06:00 PM

Squirrels need a challenge. Otherwise they just stash all their nuts underneath the hoods of cars.XD

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 06:02 PM

I just love squirrels. I could watch them all day. I would be interested in seeing the footage of the squirrels trying to figure out the course. THAT would be funny.

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 06:08 PM

Awww! I would never get anything done if that was outside my window. I'd just watch the squirrrls all dayy. :)

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 06:44 PM

First thought (beyond: aw...how cute is that?!?) was:

When did squirrels start competing in Ninja Warrior?


 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 07:39 PM

I bet my smallest girlie rat could do all that... if I let her. Normally I run and get her when she starts shimmying up the furniture.

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 08:13 PM

On an unrelated note... check out this bird that mimics other birds and also... well, see for yourselves :)


 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 08:32 PM

I have wanted a sqwirl for years and now I want one even more so I can train it to do stuff. So cute!

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 08:44 PM

well it beats wathing the darn things fall off the electric lines 50 to 75 feet to the ground and standing there trying to remember what the heck they got up for.
can I give that little guy nuts for stealing me a butterfinger????? LOL

leah b.
 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 09:42 PM

watching not wathing sorry peeps

leah b.
 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 09:43 PM

A few weeks ago, I sent in a video of a sqeurwl walking up to me on the golf course and climbing on my finger, and thought for sure I'd get on C.O.

Now, I see how high the standard is. I remain humbled.

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 09:55 PM

This time of year, please remember to check your laundry hamper:
This message brought to you by the League of Hedgehogs who Disapprove of being Laundered. Thank you.

Tony James
 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 10:28 PM


Am I the only one who doesn't like squirrels? I used to know someone who had one as a pet and it would ride around on her shoulder. When she'd stop and talk to you, the thing always looked like it wanted to jump at your face. Gave me the creeps.

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 10:56 PM

Check out the video of the squirrels adopted by a cat after the obstacle (excuse me, alternate approach course) video.
It is a little hokey and the newscaster looks like she is picking up potatoes out of a sac when she picks up a kitten and a squirrel, but the squirrel snorgling the kitten at the end is worth it!!!

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 11:23 PM

Holy! I need to train a squirrel to steal me some Almond Joy from the vending machine, dag nabbit.

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 11:44 PM

Rocket!!! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

 |  Sep 16, 2007 at 11:46 PM

I love how he stole what looked to be a Payday. He's like, "Fohget the chocklut! I wants dee nuts!"

Great taste sqwerly!!!

 |  Sep 17, 2007 at 12:38 AM

It's like the Carling Black Label ad from the 80s!

Here is the vid, it's another squirrel obstacle course:


which is great because it has owls at the end. OWLS.

 |  Sep 17, 2007 at 01:19 AM

Omg! That is too precious, and the Sqwerl "Rocket" was too funny! I also checked out that video of the cat mum that added the bebeh Sqwerl to her litter. Awww, that made me sniffle. :-)

 |  Sep 17, 2007 at 01:48 AM

Too amazing, on a Monday morning. I have seen the footage, or something like it, before. People were in despair about their bird-feeders being raided, although sneakily they were rather proud of "their" skwerls and just wanted to show off. KiBe, thanks for the Carling Black label vid, it made me LOL even more, I'd forgotten all about it. Owls - sigh.

 |  Sep 17, 2007 at 02:16 AM

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