November 21st, 2008, 03:48 PM
I was walking with coworkers today through a park along a paved walkway lined with 50 foot oaks, one coworker (a prankster) was lagging behind and all of a sudden there was this huge thud/smack right behind my feet (if I had been a nanosecond slower it would have landed on my head), we all turned around assuming she had thrown something at us, NO, a squirrel had fallen approximately 30 feet from a limb onto the walkway, it immediately scurried but only got about 2 feet and collapsed. I couldn't watch, but my co workers looked at it while deciding what to do, then it started moving and eventually took off about 20 feet away and appeared to be resting. When we came back about 30 minutes later it was gone.
How the heck does a squirrel survive a fall like that onto concrete? The sound of it hitting was sickening and I'm sure it had to have broken some bones and/or suffered internal bleeding. I get shivers thinking about it.
What could we have done in this situation if it hadn't got up and was suffering? We thought Toronto Animal Services wouldn't even bother to come out to a call for a squirrel and none of us would have had the guts to put it out of it's misery (myself and 3 vegans, lol).
November 21st, 2008, 03:51 PM
ouch i guess squirells get clumsy too
November 21st, 2008, 04:00 PM
awwww poor squirral, I heard that thud to before Stacer..We were woken up last summer by ... Momma & Papa raccoons were fighting on our roof. (Papa wanted chabook-ie Mama didnt) Mama Threw Papa off roof Papa fell 35-40 feet or higher depending on which roof they were on .. Thud on patio stones.. was laying there for a minute.. before scrambling up a tree.
I seen him this summer his paw is bent & only uses 1 front paw to manover around.
I was all set to call animal control or a wild animal rescue for him. (they will take injured or ill animals)
November 21st, 2008, 04:38 PM
(Papa wanted chabook-ie Mama didnt) Mama Threw Papa off roof
Don't mean to laugh at poor Papa raccoon, but omg that's funny.
Oh, and when I first read the title of this thread, I thought Stacer was being assaulted by a squirrel.http://img2.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/confused/confused0074.gif (http://www.mysmiley.net/free-jumping-smileys.php)
November 21st, 2008, 07:49 PM
We had a squirrel fall from the back oak--must have been at least 25 feet up--right into the midst of a convocation of dogs. It was able to get it's breath and run fast enough to be safely back up the trunk before the dog got to it (though it was touch-and-go there for a bit :D). Granted, it did not fall on concrete, but it made a distince splat as it hit.
The point is, squirrels are tough little guys...probably just had the wind knocked out of him! :thumbs up
November 21st, 2008, 08:56 PM
Reminds me I just found another squirrel that dropped dead yesterday :rolleyes:
I dunno, maybe squirrels are like, doing whatever it is that Darwin said happens. Like, they are stupid little creatures and rather useless so maybe they are making themselves go extinct???
I'm such a :loser: hehe I don't know what I'm talking about.
November 21st, 2008, 11:38 PM
The squirrel was actually being chased by 2 others. The co worker who was lagging behind witnessed the whole sequence of events. I'm damn glad I wasn't the one lagging behind, I would've passed out had I seen the bugger hit the ground. The sound of it was enough for me.