amanitas and squirrels

August 30, 2009

I recently went on an interior camping trip and watched a red squirrel acting very strange – scolding us (more than usual), fake(?) charging us, and tending his mushrooms farm with a suspecting eye. After some nosing around, I noticed that the caps on some Amanita Muscaria mushrooms were missing. Amanita Muscaria, also known as Fly Agaric contains hallucinogenic chemicals. Could this be the reason for this outrageous behaviour?

Lots of information agrees that squirrels eat magic mushrooms with some funny results. Seems like we had a high flying red squirrel whose addictions made him paranoid and protective of his stash.


adios skunkrrel

July 30, 2009

Last night Skunkrrel – that rarest of crosses between a squirrel and a skunk – was found dead, an apparent victim of a traffic accident.

Mostly she was known for her attitude toward ‘normal’ squirrels unless you were that special someone at that special time of year – then she would sit in a cherry tree and bat her eyelids at you. We’ll miss her emptying the bird feeder, wobbling around in the glow of pregnancy, hopping along the fence, wagging her white stubby tail and just acting all crazy.

Thanks for stopping by Skunkrrel – our garden won’t be the same without your scampering and general silliness.