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Birdchick Blog: Gray Squirrel Massage Parlor

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Gray Squirrel Massage Parlor

Last week I wondered why there were four squirrels out on my bathroom window ledge. Apparently, they are running some sort of Swedish massage parlor. These two squirrels were out using a nearby branch for a massage table and getting some deep tissue work on their backs and shoulders. The massaging squirrel would use its front paws and teeth to get all those hard to reach areas. Here's a video and as always, I recommend going to the YouTube page and click on "watch in quality" for the full effect:



Isn't that just too adorable for words? I especially liked how the squirrel doing the massaging was dangling its back foot as it tried to get some of those hard to reach areas. After a bit, the squirrels switched roles:

This didn't appear to be a mating thing, there was no copulation that followed, they were just socially grooming each other. I didn't know that they do that, but then again, I'm not the SquirrelChick.

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Blogger PJ said...

You are very lucky to have videoed squirrels doing something else besides pillaging and rampaging. I happen to think squirrels as a species are clinically insane. I can't stop watching them though, they're just too funny. We have pecan trees so they're everywhere.

8/28/2008 3:37 PM  
Blogger spacedlaw said...

Cute! I like it when the little guy on top is obviously going "Hang on. I think I missed a bit theeere".

8/28/2008 11:46 PM  
Blogger Shellmo said...

Very sweet!

8/29/2008 7:29 AM  
Blogger RuthieJ said...

That video is so cute. They are such amazing little critters.

8/29/2008 8:50 AM  
Blogger Bridget said...

Earlier this spring I sat in my back yard (in Toronto) and watched two squirrels take a nap on the fence. They were in the shade of our downspout - where it was cooler and they were also protected from aerial assault (Hawks definitely aren't unheard of in my neighborhood - this city must be like a buffet for them!). Both squirrels laid out, facing one another, and went to sleep. I got a picture of one, the other had already left: http://barelyathread.blogspot.com/2008/06/wildlife-needs-nap-too.html

This was a rare quiet moment for them. Normally our "house squirrels" are pillaging and rampaging - and driving my indoor cats wiggy.

8/29/2008 10:20 AM  
Blogger lgf said...

the squirrel in my yard has his own kitchen area. he'll pick the fruit from one of our trees and then go to his dining room, peel it and eat it. it's so fun to watch, but i don't have a video camera to record it.

who is the SquirrelChick? hmmm...

8/29/2008 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Karen from SMM said...

Have you checked out the related videos? Makes the squirrels seem much more naughty.

8/31/2008 4:50 PM  

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