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Join Cinema Veterinary Centre in celebrating "National Squirrel Appreciation Day," Sunday, January 21, 2018

Posted on Jan 21, 2018 by deborah  | Tags: squirrel, appreciation, holiday, enjoy, wildlife

6 Ways to Celebrate National Squirrel Appreciation Day No, we’re not kidding. There really is a National Squirrel Appreciation Day every January 21st. It’s time to honor these adorable mammals that scamper around cities, suburbs, parks, and forests all over the United States. We’ve made it easy for you! Check out these 6 ways for your family to celebrate them:


Join Cinema Veterinary Centre in celebrating "National Squirrel Appreciation Day," Sunday, January 21, 2018

 

6 Ways to Celebrate National Squirrel Appreciation Day

No, we’re not kidding. There really is a National Squirrel Appreciation Day every January 21st.  It’s time to honor these adorable mammals that scamper around cities, suburbs, parks, and forests all over the United States. We’ve made it easy for you! Check out these 6 ways for your family to celebrate them:

 

1. Get in the Mood

This attitude correction may be tough to do if you’re plagued by squirrels squatting in your attic or squirrels totally unbaffled by the baffle of your backyard bird feeder. But these animals have a good side:

  • They plant a lot of seeds and nuts, dig up previously planted ones, and aerate your lawn with holes all at the same time.
  • Their chattering, tail-flicking, and treetop acrobatics can keep your kids entertained.
  • Research has shown that squirrels are far smarter than most people realize.
  • They are the only wild mammals many kids will routinely see. And that should count for something!

 

2. Feed Them, and They Will Come 

This holiday was founded in 2001 by wildlife rehabilitator Christy Hargrove of Asheville, North Carolina, who figured squirrels were running out of food sources about this time of year. So…

  • Loop a piece of chain on a nearby tree branch with an eye-screw at the end. Screw on an ear of dried field corn into the eye-screw. Get ready to replace the chewed-up cob after your family has watched the squirrels swing and sway while gobbling their dinner.
  • Have your child smear peanut butter on a pinecone and hang that up instead!
  • Don’t throw stale bread away; put chunks of it on your deck or porch railings. Your kids can keep watch and enjoy the show.  (Make sure this is not in same habitat as your canine family members)

 

3. Shoot ‘Em 

  • Don’t panic, we’re talking about cameras here! Squirrels have crazy antics and abilities. They can jump 10 times the length of their bodies. They greet family members by nuzzling each other’s cheeks. They use their tails as blankets in winter, parachutes if they fall, and as signal flags to communicate whenever they want. Keep a camera handy. Perhaps you and your kids can capture some great action shots. Display your favorite photos on the fridge!

 

4. Give Thanks for Small Favors 

  • The most common squirrel in the United States is the eastern gray squirrel, which averages a little over 16 inches and weighs about a pound. You’re lucky; it could be worse. The ratufa (ratufa indica), also known as the Indian giant squirrel of Southeast Asia, can grow up to 3 feet in length.

 

5. Read Up

 

6. Don’t Confuse Your Holidays 

  • As we mentioned, National Squirrel Appreciation Day is on January 21st, but so is National Hug Day. Please don’t combine the two; keep your appreciation at a distance.