I went out onto the porch for a smoke yesterday evening. There was a squirrel perched on top of the squirrel feeder, one I did not recognize. Though I crept to my chair slowly and quietly, he thought I was a threat and dashed to the top of the tree.
A few minutes later, there was a crash to my left. A large stick had hit the porch boards about three feet from me. I looked up, and sure enough, there sat that squirrel.
I went back inside and laughed about it as I told my husband. “I think it was an assasination attempt! That stick couldn’t hurt me, but it probably would have if I were the size of a squirrel. Little sucker was anthropomorphising!”
My husband nodded. “They do throw things at people! On my college campus, they used to wing nuts down at students stitting on the lawns.”
“Are you sure they weren’t just eating and dropping the shells carelessly?” I asked, but he said it certainly seemed the squirrels were throwing things at them. Then I remembered that I’ve seen nuts fall from the trees when the dogs were below them.
So, what gives? Do they target people and animals on the ground, or are they just dropping trash and not realizing the implication that we may read into it? I’m going to assume the stick may have been an accident-- you know, loose on the tree, and when he stepped on it, it fell.