about a year ago, we started noticing one particular acrobatic squirrel who would climb up the tree branch and do cirque du soleil style acts off the branch in order to get to the bird feeder. on one hand we were annoyed that he was eating the birdseed, but on the other hand we applauded his skills. this nutty squirrel has been doing this on a regular basis for over a year. the most amazing thing about his acrobatic act is that he eats while hanging upside down by his tail and his itty-bitty feet! we figure that if he is willing to go through all of that trouble we might as well let him do it. the birds don't seem to mind at all either. they sit there right along side him and go about their day, eating as they please. i guess they all know that ryan will come by and refill it as soon as it gets low. (all of ryan's "woodland creatures" really have him well trained if you ask me.)
every time we see this we say that i should grab the camera to get a picture, because otherwise no one would believe these death-defying stunts that this squirrel does. whenever i run to get the camera, i always miss him. well, today was my lucky day because i was finally able to get the camera fast enough. i shot these pictures out my kitchen window this morning while this nutty squirrel was having (or stealing) his breakfast. see for yourself how insane this stunt is . . .