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Squirrels are smart enough to know where they have
buried food, even when it has been buried across a
number of spots, across a wide territory. Believe
it or not, they actually give themselves
directions to find their stashes, much in the same
way as humans would. When telling a friend how to
find something you would go by the landmarks of
features in that place. Down that road, and then
left at the pub, and then a few more steps down
and you’ll find the spot. Squirrels are the same —
left at the big tree, right at the crooked tree,
and a few steps more to the right. They don’t get
it right every time, and there are stashes that
the squirrels will forget about, but their
memories have been shown to be excellent for
remembering where food is hidden, making them
rather smart animals.
As well as being smart enough to remember where
they have buried their food stash, squirrels are
also intelligent enough to manage to fool watching
hungry animals. Other squirrels, for example, or
birds could be looking to steal the food the
squirrel has just buried. It is not uncommon for
these critters to be on quite the display of
faux-hiding. They will pretend to have buried
their nuts or seeds in one place, wait for the for
thief to come and investigate, and then scamper
off, burying the food where no one else is
As well as being very intelligent, get pranksters,
and marvelous at remembering where to find food,
squirrels are also very stubborn and determined.
Have you ever seen a squirrel try to get to a bird
feeder? They know there is good stuff inside,
because it falls to the ground every now and
again. It will do everything in its power to get
to that bird feeder, in order to get to the good
food inside, and if that means some amazing
trickery and feats, as well as daredevil stunts,
that’s just what it will do.
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