Aby-a-Day – November 5: Squirrels are nuts!

Boston is known for many things. One of these happens to be the insane squirrels of Boston Common.

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These squirrels have almost no fear of people; generation upon generation of them have evolved to produce a kind of super-squirrel that sees humans as big walking feeders. I’ve had them run up to me and climb up the leg of my jeans simply because I stopped to look at them.

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Still, I have to say it took me by surprise when I went to the Common with Jacoby and this happened…

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Not once, not twice, but three times with two different squirrels!

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In case you can’t tell, squirrels ran up to us while I was pushing Jake’s stroller, and the cheeky buggers climbed right up the front of the stroller looking for handouts!

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This guy almost went inside. Jake lunged at him and he pretty much flung himself to the ground in fright.

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Contrary to what you may read, squirrels don’t carry rabies. At least, the CDC told Brigham and Women’s Hospital that when my doctor called them after a Boston Common squirrel mistook my thumb for a peanut and tried to run off with it in his mouth. Apparently, they have no known cases of rabies being caused by squirrels. So that’s good to know.

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But look at this guy, and then look at the lower left corner of the photo – that’s Jake’s back. Even when he could see the cat, this squirrel still came up to me. There’s a fine line between brave and stupid, as the saying goes.

Clancy and Finnegan – Abys for all seasons

Sherry sent me this wonderful photo of two Abys, Clancy and Finnegan, in their autumn coats…aren’t they handsome?

Clancy (the red/sorrel) is a cat of all seasons…he’s got an outfit for any kind of weather!

And, as a matter of fact, Clancy is Jacoby’s uncle! Clancy’s father is Haro’s Jake of Eszencia, aka TJ, Jake’s grandfather (Scar and Clancy are half-brothers)! Finnegan is also from Eszencia, but he has different parents from Clancy.