A paper published by Etienne Benson from — wait for it — the University of Pennsylvania tells the story of how the nation’s squirrel population came to be. And it sounds like our squirrel forefathers were enthusiastic eaters from the get-go:
The city had released three squirrels in Franklin Square in 1847 and had provided them with food and boxes for shelter—and the people loved it. One visitor is quoted as saying “it was a wonder that [squirrels] are not in the public parks of all great cities.” In the years that followed, the trend spread to Boston and New Haven, where squirrels soon grew so fat from humans feeding them that they were falling out of the trees.
Sounds familiar. Professor Benson, we’d love to have you guest blog over here at Penn Squirrels Eat Things!