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Animal Instagram Spotlight: Jill The Squirrel

For this week's animal Instagram spotlight, we would like to introduce to you Jill the Squirrel! Did you know that squirrels are members of the family Sciurdae, a family including small and medium size rodents. Neither did we! The squirrel family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, and chipmunks amongst other rodents. We do not often see squirrels kept as pets, but when we do we love to see them cared for and appreciated the way all pets deserve to be!

Every week, we dedicate this post to the kings and queens of animal Instagram. Jill the Squirrel is an 8 year old Hurricane Isaac rescue squirrel. She is a proud vegetarian, and a self entitled parkour expert whose only fear is vacuum machines. She also loves Starbucks napkins. Thank you Jill, for sharing your life with us! 

Enjoy your Sunday, folks!

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Chonky Squirrels Who Stole Too Many Nuts

These adorably fat squirrels stole a little too many nuts this winter, and it shows. But the fatter the animal, the more to love, squeeze and fawn over, so we're all for these chubsters. Their cheeks are filled with food, and our hearts are filled with a whole lotta awwwww. Enjoy these pictures of chonky squirrels who love their snacks.

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11 Whimsical Photos of Squirrels in the Woods

Like most woodland animals, there's something whimsical about squirrels. They're small, fast, and possibly help out the fairies when needed. For your afternoon dose of serotonin, here are 11 beautifully captured photos that show just how magical the little creatures are. For more animal photos, have a look at this collection of very chonky animals

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Woodland Animals Straight from a Fairy Tale (12 Photos)

If forests and woodlands are your thing, and you grew up reading books by Beatrix Potter and believing that fairies possibly (probably) dwell in the forests, have a look at the photos below. They are beautiful photos of the animals that live in woodlands, and these nature photographers really captured the magical feelings of the forests. If you're after some more beautiful nature photography, have a look at these whimsical photos of squirrels

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Finally, after years and years, an elderly dog gets to chase a squirrel for the first time, and we have never seen anything more heartwarming. Its reaction to its owner repeatedly saying the word "squirrel" at him is the so human - from confusion to understanding to disbelief and then to pure, unadulterated joy. And the joy of a senior dog is unparalleled to anything else. 

It's enough for something as small and innocent as chasing a squirrel to bring energy and light into the eyes of a dog. And this video, while adorable and funny, will also make you want to get out the tissue box. 

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Be still our beating hearts! Don't think we've ever come across a smiling squirrel before! In the past, we have come across a rescue squirrel who holds a miniature teddy bear, however! This lovely critter is named Claudia and she is the most thankful squirrel we've ever come across. It's almost as if she knows she's been rescued and is overwhelmingly grateful to have been rescued and to still be alive. 

GeoBeats Animals, a US-based media company, got to hear Claudia's story and it's a powerful one: 

"In July of 2017, I received a phone call from another wildlife rehabilitator, who had a lot of animals in her care. At that time, she had a blind squirrel and she was a little overwhelmed.  She sent this little squirrel down to me. And I saw the most frightened animal I've ever seen in my entire life. We just tried to keep her quiet and keep her calm. And on the fifth day, she was comfortable enough with me that she would sleep upside down in my hands. 

We took her to a veterinary ophthalmologist shortly after she arrived. And they confirmed that she has glaucoma. She's blind in both eyes. She takes medication as well as getting a CBD-infused yogurt ball. She has neurological problems. She can sometimes get seizures. But she's happy here. She likes to hang upside down from her cage sometimes. 

We discovered if you scratch her in the right places, behind her ear or on the back of her head, or on the top of her head, she will smile for you. So we have this wonderful smiling squirrel who loves attention.  She's very opinionated. She sometimes bites with no warning. She's picky about what she eats and when she's going to eat it. She can be very affectionate. She can change your mind in 10 seconds. She's really, really a cool squirrel to know.  So we call her HRH Claudia. Her Royal Highness Claudia, and we give her whatever she wants whenever she wants it. And she's very, very loved. Hopefully, we can keep her a happy, healthy girl for a good long time."

If your eyes didn't get all misty reading that lovely short, then we don't know how to help you. We wish Claudia a long, happy, and healthy life! Follow Her Royal Highness Claudia on Instagram!

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Awwdorable Itty Bitty Baby Squirrels (Pictures)

It is time for your daily animal cuteness fix, and you are not even ready. Baby squirrels are so much cuter than you think, so much tinier than you expect, so much more adorable than you have ever imagined, and in a couple minutes, you will desperately want to pet one. 

There's just about nothing cuter than baby animals, and we here at ICanHasCheezburger always show appreciation to the animals that don't receive enough of it. So, this time, we're showing love to itty bitty baby squirrels. For more underappreciated animal luurv, click right here!

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Pictures Worth More Than 1000 Words (24 images)

Some pictures are simply too incredible to be described in anything less than 1000 words. Every week, we bring you some of these pictures. There's so much story within them, whether it's a story of unique animals, 'caught in the act' moments, unexpected relationships, or scheming cats. 

Each of these pictures has a story behind it that we wish we would know. But since most of the times a picture is just a picture, and we don't know what happened to bring such a moment into existence, all we have left to do is imagine. And imagine we do. 

I suspect the reason that this hedgehog is attacking a toy dinosaur is because it's feeling the prehistoric instincts it has from the time during which the hedgehog was the big predator, and the dinosaur was the prickly cutie. But hey, your theory is just as correct as mine.

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Man Builds Squirrel Bar Complete With 7 Varieties Of Nuts On Tap

OK, this is adorable. 

Michael Dutko, an Ohio woodworker, has just created the cutest and coolest squirrel bar we've ever seen. "The Nutty Bar" features seven different types of nuts named after beers: Cashew Dunkel, Peanut Pilsner, Almond Ale, Walnut Stout, Sunflower Saison, Pecan Porter and Pistachio Pale Ale.

We're not even squirrels and we would like to attend this bar! 

Dutko explained to CNN how he thought of the awesome project, "The whole reason I even started to make this is because my neighbor bird watches with her daughter and told me all of the squirrels keep getting in her way. I didn't even tell her what I was going to do, I just built it and put it back there and when she saw it, she just started cracking up."

Not only is there the bar, but quirky signs bathroom signs that read, "Nuts" and "No Nuts." How fun is that? 

The overall process took Dutko 8 hours to complete and measures to be about 25in wide and 16in tall. After sharing a video of the process on YouTube, Dutko became flooded with users who requested to purchase the bar. He immediately went to go get his idea patented and now planning on launching a business doing what he loves!  

"It's surreal to me that I was able to make such an impact by doing something so little with something I love so much. I'm so amazed. People have been so kind and positive. And my kids definitely love it too, they're always watching the squirrels stuff their faces with nuts and they think it's just so cute."


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Squirrel Reaching Into the Air Sparks Photoshop Battle

It all starts with a photo. 

A photo that some can make into funny animal memes, or possibly can be made into a fun photoshop battle! 

This time around it was an adorable squirrel reaching high above in an (if you're asking us) awkward position. So obviously... it became photoshop battle worthy! Thanks to the subreddit /r/Psphotoshopbattles, we can find some pretty epic and funny photos being transformed into well, whatever they want really! We mean did you see the epic photos @koty_vezde makes as she photoshops cat faces onto, any other animal!?

Well, in the meantime scroll on down for a pretty good laugh! 

 

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Round And Insanely Adorable: Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel

The cutest squirrel EVER. Yup. We said it. 

The Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel looks like a real-life Disney character brought to life. Those giant eyes, that perfect round body, those giant eyes -- again! We're in love. We want to be surrounded by these squirrels as we sing nonsense about washing the dishes or folding the laundry. 

The Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel is native to Japan, you'd find it in the "sub-alpine forests and boreal evergreen forests on Honshu and Kyushu islands." And good news, this squirrel faces absolutely no threats and is listed as "least-concern species".

We don't know much of this world but we do know we love this squirrel. 


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Cheek-Stuffing Nutty Squirrel Memes

Oh, squirrels. They are just entertaining animals. Their frantic movements, their amazing acrobatic selves move with such urgency and grace (well... sometimes). 

The way squirrels need to infiltrate any and all birdseed feeders they come across. They're wild and hilarious and we can watch them all day. Instead, we'll settle for some memes to pass the time.

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