While perusing the Google trends, I noticed that today is Squirrel Appreciation Day, as well as National Hugging Day. Now, I'm a big fan of both hugs and squirrels, believe me. However, it occurred to me that someone is bound to get confused and have a go at hugging a squirrel -- bad idea! The buggers have razor sharp teeth, capable of chawing a a nice little hole right in the side of your face should you get the unwise notion of engaging one in a loving embrace. Years ago, I had a cat who was quite fond of chasing these hyper little rodents whenever one would appear in the yard. One day, he got one cornered, and the end result was...well, a nice little hole chawed right in the side of his face. I'm sad to say the feline didn't get any wiser for the experience, though. As soon as the wound healed up, he was right back out there looking to get a matching scar on the opposite cheek.
So, this is my public service announcement for the year. If you see a squirrel, appreciate it; maybe toss it a nut or two. But for fuck's sake, don't try to hug it. Hug your children, your grandchildren, your mate, your friends...even a tree, if the urge strikes you, unless the bark is particularly abrasive. Just stay way from members of the Sciuridae family.
Thanks for reading.