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April 19, 2014

Spring break for squirrels

According to the Washington Post, last week was squirrel week. Columnist John Kelly of the Post gets really excited about it. He hosts squirrel question and answer sessions and even a squirrel photo contest. He would actually love to see squirrel week grow so that he could host a squirrel symposium and post a giant squirrel inflatable on top of the Post’s office building.

Columnists are really running out of things to write about, aren’t they?

At the Todd household, the squirrels had apparently planned a big hoe down to celebrate squirrel week, and they were planning to hold the big event in our mini-barn.

The barn has not been used by humans for most of the winter because it basically just stores our patio furniture and gardening tools. Needless to say, we haven’t had use for either for a very long time — seemingly years.

However, last week when the temperatures finally ventured above freezing, we made our way out to the barn. That’s when we discovered the makings of one heck of a squirrel party.

We may have not been hanging out in the barn over the winter, but the squirrels sure had, and they’d amassed quite the collection of nuts, leaves and twigs. Oh, yes; it was going to be quite the celebration.

Sadly, it was not to be. The squirrel party supplies were wiped out before the party began. Lucky for us, because from what I hear, those squirrel parties can get pretty wild.

Case in point: a squirrel fiasco that took place last week in Fort Wayne. According to Fort Wayne Parks Department officials, a wayward squirrel that had obviously been celebrating too hard got into a building in McMillen Park and began to run amok, damaging the electrical equipment and causing a power surge that damaged the heating and air conditioning systems and some parts of the boiler system. The squirrel then took his own life.

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