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Squirrel Tricks Stun Scientists

The common gray squirrel - with its exceptional mental and physical agility - is making biologists look twice.

Getting a little “squirrely” may not be such a bad thing!

These quick-witted critters are extremely resourceful, which is why they have become so commonplace in our towns and neighborhoods. Some may even call them an invasive species.

Constantly facing the threat of hyper canines and speeding soccer moms, squirrels have got to stay on their toes! Squirrels have amazingly aerobatic bodies to match their quick, flexible minds. This is why they are able to skip along power lines and play Frogger on even the busiest of intersections.

Observing squirrel behavior has become the passion for many fascinated scientists. Dr. John Koprowski  at the University of Arizona has even dedicated his life’s research to this clever species.

Read More:

  • Nut? What Nut? The Squirrel Outwits to Survive (NYTimes)
  • John L. Koprowski’s Squirrel Studies (UofArizona)

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Molly Plunkett

is a journalism student at Indiana University and an online producer for A Moment of Science. She is originally from Wheaton, IL.

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