Christopher and I walk together on most Wednesdays. This past Wednesday, we had walked a quarter of a mile or so, when we saw a little figure charging us from someoneâ€™s lawn. Suddenly, we realized a small â€œteenager-sizedâ€ squirrel was bearing down to intercept us. Never having had this happen before we quickened our pace to â€œout runâ€ the little guy who was moving surprisingly fast.
What would possess a little fellow like this to try and catch two grown men? What would posses two grown men to make them feel they needed to â€œout runâ€ a small harmless squirrel? Surely something so cute and sweet looking couldnâ€™t have rabies. Could it? Why would it chase us? Not wanting to find out we quickened our pace.
Here we were walking as fast as I could up the sidewalk and this adorable little guy was now on the sidewalk running as fast as he could after us and gaining on us. It was a most amusing sight, and Christopher and I had the appropriate response. We both were laughing as we were striding along. Christopher was casting backwards glances and giving me reports every 5 seconds or so. â€œHeâ€™s gaining on us.â€ â€œHeâ€™s getting closer.â€ â€œHeâ€™s just behind your feet.â€ â€œCareful donâ€™t step on him.â€
Finally we had to stop so we wouldnâ€™t step on him, and he promptly ran up Christopherâ€™s leg and perched on his shoulder. Then like a cat seeking attention, he scrambled back and forth from one side to the other. Christopher felt at any minute one of his ears was going to be breakfast for this cute little guy who by now had worked up a pretty big appetite.
Being a little frustrated because our walk was now in question, we tried to figure out what to do with him. The squirrel let me grab him and set him over in the grass, and we made a break for it. Not to be out run and frankly not wanting to resort to running, we set out at a fast pace again. We were aware of the cars passing by on their way to work and could imagine those peopleÂ telling their coworkers: â€œYou should have seen what I saw on the way to work. There was this cute little squirrel chasing these two guys who were almost running down the street.â€ So there we went again, laughing as we tried to put some distance between us.
Our plan didnâ€™t work. This time when he caught us, he climbed up me. With a fresh idea, I took him and put him in a nearby tree. Again we hurried off. Yes, he soon caught us once more and we had to stop so as not to step on him. We tried this several more times unsuccessfully until we were at the place where we normally crossed the street. Compassion ruled because we were concerned he would be hit by a car if he followed us across the street.
So we decided we would try taking him back to where we found him. Putting him on my shoulder, off we went. Would you think he would stay there? No of course not, as squirrels are not known for their intelligence. To try and bring to a close what has now become a long story, we phoned Joseph and Jesse who came and retrieved the squirrel so we could continue on our walk.
Now we have her home and in a cage. Obviously someone had found this squirrel as a baby and raised her with a great deal of human socialization. Perhaps they had put her out to become wild again, but she was still wanting people companionship and feeding. We will begin attempting to re-acclimate her to living in a tree this week after fattening her up a bit. The last squirrel we had raised and were able to successfully re-introduce to â€œtree-life.â€ I had thought one squirrel was enough, but it looks like we have one more for a short time. Having this squirrel â€œchargeâ€ her way into our life is especially funny considering Jesse and Joseph said earlier in the week how they missed the first squirrel and would love to have another one.