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July 08, 2010

This Is Just Nuts

When Evil has a fluffy tail:

...squirrels don’t just bury an acorn and come back in winter. They bury the seed, dig it up shortly afterward, rebury it elsewhere, dig it up again. “We’ve seen seeds that were recached as many as five times,” said Dr. Steele. The squirrels recache to deter theft, lest another squirrel spied the burial the first X times. Reporting in the journal Animal Behaviour, the Steele team showed that when squirrels are certain that they are being watched, they will actively seek to deceive the would-be thieves. They’ll dig a hole, pretend to push an acorn in, and then cover it over, all the while keeping the prized seed hidden in their mouth. “Deceptive caching involves some pretty serious decision making,” Dr. Steele said. “It meets the criteria of tactical deception, which previously was thought to only occur in primates.”

That explains all the holes in my garden.

Posted by Cassandra at July 8, 2010 12:56 PM

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Too bad they can't spoof Grim's bullets.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at July 8, 2010 01:17 PM

Bushy tailed tree rats must die.

Posted by: MikeD at July 8, 2010 01:20 PM

Maybe if you stopped murmuring, "Mmmmmmmm, acorns..." while you were watching them...

Posted by: BillT at July 8, 2010 01:31 PM

"When evil has a fluffy tail" -- snort.

Posted by: Texan99 at July 8, 2010 01:37 PM

Wot happened to the comments here. It says there should be 4, but refresh there is none.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at July 8, 2010 02:06 PM

"They're not organized!"

Posted by: Cricket at July 8, 2010 02:51 PM

Maybe the squirrel forgot he had it in his mouth when he was caching?

For Gods sake, it's a squirrel...

Posted by: Punkindrublic at July 8, 2010 04:17 PM

More likely if it was Michael Moore. He would forget what was in his mouth.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at July 8, 2010 05:37 PM

Furtive and furry
Dig deep, the enemies watch
I called it "Nixon"

Posted by: spd rdr at July 8, 2010 05:59 PM

Press Secretary Gibbs acknowledged this afternoon that AG Holder will not be indicting the squirrels.

Gibbs went on to say that the AG will be pulling an undisclosed number of Deputy AG's off Gitmo assignments. They will be tasked with considering the merits, if not the viability, as if any of that mattered, of bringing a Federal suit against speciesismistsssss gardeners.

Posted by: Major Minor at July 8, 2010 05:59 PM

ChipNDale nuts stash
I R S Nuts Czar spying
Nuts are now off-shored

Posted by: Shel TrIng-Assets at July 8, 2010 06:13 PM

Posted by: tomg51 at July 9, 2010 08:26 AM

Just wait 'til you see all the little trees.

Posted by: valerie at July 9, 2010 09:55 AM

Wait til they discover geocaching!

Posted by: Cricket at July 9, 2010 01:08 PM

They have been doing that since Obama was elected.

Posted by: Cricket at July 9, 2010 01:12 PM

Don't let Gore near the trees. or the squirrels.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at July 9, 2010 07:58 PM

Shoot me just for digging in the garden?!

Well, I guess it is a little too late.

*Hoists a Friday evening beer towards the Villains,*

Salute!

Posted by: Rocket J. Squirrel at July 9, 2010 09:12 PM

Don't let Gore near the trees.

Only if it has holes...or was that too crass? Heh.

Posted by: HomefrontSix at July 9, 2010 09:19 PM

Gore is the hole in the ozone layer. Always was.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at July 10, 2010 12:49 AM

"That explains all the holes in my garden."

Just shoot 'em, sez I.

Bushy tailed tree rats must die.
Posted by: MikeD at July 8, 2010 01:20 PM

Ah! A man after my own heart... :-D

Posted by: camojack at July 10, 2010 02:51 AM

When squirrels play
It is all fun and games
Until someone loses a nut

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at July 10, 2010 08:49 AM

Tree rat hides a nut
to be safe in hard times
nut loss = crazy.

Posted by: Cricket at July 10, 2010 07:22 PM

Cricket studied accounting.

Cricket knows too many nut losses will cause squirrel to lose his ass

*whap*

*duck*

ets.

Posted by: BillT at July 11, 2010 01:54 AM

Heh. Of course, it begs the question of how many times the furry little &#&^ hid it in order to make keeping it cost effective.

Squirrels would have to contend with three factors. Thieving by other like-minded rodents who love acorns, and have an entitlement mentality being one. The second factor is that the squirrel would forget where the blasted thing was planted, and third, the acorn would fulfil its potential and become a mighty oak.

This calls for action. We need planners to help squirrels explore their options. They can hid it and take a risk, or they can have a government program come to their rescue.

Decisions, decisions.

Posted by: Cricket at July 11, 2010 08:46 AM

"Thieving by other like-minded rodents who love" ACORN, along with the Democrats who enable them.

What? Well sooner or later someone was gonna say something similar.

Ah, but it's a great day...

*hoists a glass of grape juice in salute to the villainry on this lovely Sunday morn.*

Posted by: bthun at July 11, 2010 10:31 AM

Gumbo!

Posted by: JHD at July 11, 2010 11:23 PM

"Jambalay' squirrel pie, acorn gumbo..."

Posted by: BillT at July 12, 2010 12:27 AM

Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou...

Posted by: bthun, me gotta run, me oh, my oh at July 12, 2010 08:20 AM

Some people cain't count
Haiku: Do it right, dammit!
Five, seven, and five.

Posted by: Justthisguy at July 12, 2010 11:47 PM

666 is the Left's version.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at July 13, 2010 10:25 AM

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