I have to admit, this is a little disturbing and more than a little gross. A grey squirrel eats the remains of a mouse like he’s munching on a nut.
No this is not a scene from The Walking Dead or some zombie flick. (At least, I’m pretty sure we’re safe from brain-eating squirrels). But if you’re a mouse, you might not be so fortunate. This squirrel makes quick work of his rodent cousin.
This scene is both funny and repugnant at the same time. The squirrel turns the half-mouse carcass over in his paws like he would turn over a nut.
He matter-of-factly munches away, seemingly as though it’s just another nut or ear of corn. And, in fact, it essentially is; while many folks are not aware of squirrel dietary patterns, the little tree rats are omnivorous, eating just about anything that they can get their paws on.
They’ll devour beetles, grasshoppers, bugs of all sorts, in addition to bird eggs and young birds when they can get them. They don’t limit themselves to nuts and tree buds.
But still, this is a little disconcerting, if only because we enter the scene when the squirrel is halfway finished with its meal. And when it gets to the guts… oy vey. That’s a tad gross.
I have to admit, I re-watched this several times. It was fascinating. I mean, it’s not every day that you get to witness a cute, friendly-looking grey squirrel turn semi-cannibal and go to town on a mouse like it’s an ice cream cone.
Does this make you look at squirrels in a slightly different light?
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