City squirrels have hard lives. Long hours spent outdoors. Nothing to eat but acorns and tree bark. Constant harassment from urban hawks.
It’s not surprising, then, that one might want to curl up with a good read and just chill out for once.
This tree rodent was spotted lugging a large wad of newsprint up the side of a house on P Street NW yesterday afternoon. While several onlookers held their breath, the squirrel perilously tugged its prize up a black metal fire escape and out of view.
I just watched a squirrel lug a wadded up piece of paper up the side of a house pic.twitter.com/llmFveE230
— Tim Regan (@MrTimRegan) February 8, 2016
Though it’s unclear what the squirrel was reading — and it declined repeated requests for comment — it probably planned to use the newspaper to build a nest. That is, once it was done reading.