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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published February 02 2013

Weather Talk: Squirrels get the last laugh during F-M’s first big snow

The day after the first big snow of the winter, I was mesmerized by a scene unfolding in my backyard.

Two squirrels were running at breakneck speed along the snow-covered branches of a big elm tree, kicking from the branches clouds of snow that wafted down onto my two dogs in the yard below. The dogs sat in the snow, necks craned to the rodent-generated blizzard, barking up a storm of their own. Obviously contemplating murder, the dogs were maddened by the skillful speed of the squirrels. The squirrels, meanwhile, had no intention of making any missteps, which might have proved fatal.

After a time, both squirrels stopped their running and barked their own squirrel barks back down at the dogs. Anger evident in their voices, I could not help but wonder if their barks did not also include elements of sardonic laughter.

To be sure, there have been many squirrel and rabbit casualties in my backyard over the years, usually a result of bad timing under the bird feeders. But on this day, the squirrels had the high ground, and they appeared to be enjoying themselves.

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