National Squirrel Awareness Month is dedicated to cute furry animals that really need human support. Unfortunately, many consider squirrels to be serious pests, but animals perform an important function in the ecological system. The purpose of the holiday is to tell about this society.
The holiday appeared not so long ago – in 1995. It was founded by a simple man named Greg Bassett. The idea came after a chance meeting with a squirrel: the man liked the animal so much that he founded a club with like-minded people. National Squirrel Awareness Month is still celebrated with great pleasure.
There are more than 200 species of squirrels in the world – ground squirrels, chipmunks, flying squirrels, lumberjacks, etc. Interestingly, they were not common in the 19th century in America. In order for them to live in city parks, it was necessary to take care of the landscape and change the worldview of people. Particular emphasis was placed on explaining that squirrels should not be killed – instead it was proposed to feed them.
8 amazing things about protein:
- Their average life expectancy is 8 years.
- The growth of an adult individual does not exceed 38 inches, weight – no more than 2 kilograms.
- Animals can forget the places where they hid food.
- Easily provide themselves with food for several months in just 1 day.
- Animals drown in water when their tail gets wet, although they are excellent swimmers.
- They are born without teeth.
- Skillfully navigate in the dark.
- They have pronounced hamster instincts.
How to celebrate
Go to places where animals live and observe their interesting habits. You may be able to feed them by hand – find out what they eat. It will not be superfluous to take a camera and catch a good shot! Post photos on social networks and share with friends.
If it is not possible to meet squirrels in person, watch interesting programs dedicated to their life. We assure you, you will learn new information!
When is National Squirrel Awareness Month in 2022?
National Squirrel Awareness Month is observed on October 1 each year.