University of Washington Squirrel Conspiracy

Squirrels here at UW are a whole new breed. They are not only evil and rabid, but also disturbingly intelligent. The following are some experiences i have had with squirrels since attending the university:

1. A particularly energetic squirrel leaped out of the garbage can at me while i attempted to throw away a gum wrapper

2. Several squirrels swarmed me as i was walking down a forrested path, this instance was quite scary as the squirrels outnumbered me about 20 to 1.

3. I witnessed a squirrel pick up a nut, shake it, listen to it, tap it, and then begin to eat it

4. A couple squirrels threatened a crow in order to steal their garbage

5. And finally (im pretty angsty about this one), a squirrel dropped a very heavy acorn on my head. Yes, i was standing under a tree branch, but that does not make this excusable.

moral of the story: the psych department is doing chemical tests on squirrels and making them smarter. thats the only explanation i can think of. im open to hearing other theories…

Normal Squirrel

Normal Squirrel

Squirrels at UW

Squirrels at UW

Normal Squirrel

Normal Squirrel

Squirrel at UW

Squirrel at UW

Normal Squirrel

Normal Squirrel

Squirrel at UW

Squirrel at UW

Normal Squirrel

Normal Squirrel

Squirrel at UW

Squirrel at UW

Who knew there was such thing as a Giant Hampster?

Capybaras, or Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, are a Guinea Pig’s fat cousin. These 100-pound bundles of fun make surprisingly good pets, as i have found several examples of Capybaras on walks, in kiddie pools, dressed as various disney characters, and squashing their owners under their immense rear ends. However I’ve read that they are the meal of choice for Anaconda snakes, so one should probably be hesitant when attempting tackle both of these over-sized pets together. As far as Capybara’s status on the “endangered animals scale”, a 1 being they are in no danger of extinction, and a 10 being a dodo bird, they are probably a negetive 6. Nothing wants to hurt a Capybara. In South America, they can be found running around in packs of 100. Basically, if you want an obese hampster that looks like it was bred with a horse at some point and will probably kill you baby if it sits on it, then this is the pet for you :)