Here on Lake Minerva in upper Wisconsin, you’re never too far from wildlife. Especially squirrels. And, until you’ve spent some real quality time around squirrels, you’d have no idea how neurotic they truly are. Well, actually just the red squirrels, who are total drama queens.
The black squirrels, which are a genetic variation of the standard Eastern Gray squirrel are your typical nut-obsessed squirrel, but prettier:
Meanwhile, red squirrels are just plain nuts. I’ve named the one that lives near the cabin Cranky, for s/he swears a blue streak at me each time I step onto the deck. How dare I invade Cranky’s territory! Can’t I see Cranky’s trying to eat in peace? While other squirrels run away, Cranky tries to scare me off, chirping, grunting, squeaking.
And Cranky’s not afraid to get close:
At first, I took this personally. Then I read more about red squirrels, and the article said they are known for their “furious scolding” and how they often fly “into a frenzy,” so I feel better now. That’s exactly my Cranky.
At least he’s cute, I guess: