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    falling squirrels

    ive never seen a squirrel fall from a tree until about 3 months ago and since then i have seen 3. these were all in my back yard and were 40+ foot drops. one immediatley scurried back up the tree, the other two took about 30 second breathers before moving again.

    is this normal or are my local squirrels eating some kind of intoxicant?

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    I've seen antics like that here too, big fight breaks out up in the tree, then zzzzzzzz-splat a squirrel hits the ground and dashes right back up the trunk.

    Even weirder than that though, I had a cat that would fall off stuff and not land on its feet. Maybe it's something it caught from eating the squirrels.
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    no fights, theyve all been by themselves. another squirrel came down to check on the one i just saw fall but he was from another tree. i didnt witness the complete fall on the other two but i could see the swaying branches and no other squirrels present.
    the guy today did some pretty good moves in the air and landed on his belly. the other two im not so sure.

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    I was fly fishing with my dad about 35 years ago up at Quake Lake in Montana. We were fishing from the shore near a bunch of dead trees which were partially submerged in the water when the Madison river backed up due to the earthquake.

    I saw a squirrel at the top of one of these trees, maybe 15-20 feet above the water. My first thought was "how has that squirrel survived out on that tree since the earthquake?" To which it executed a non-graceful belly flop into the lake, swam to shore and ran off.

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    I've seen a few over the years. You wouldn’t think a tiny face covered in fur could show embarrassment.
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    I saw one jump out of a tree. I was shaking the tree it was in, and it took a leap, bounced when it hit the ground, and took off like nothing happened.

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    I wish I could "bounce" and take off like nothing happened.
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    Was standing next to a tree on campus about 2 years ago with a few people, and a squirrel just up and fell off a 40 foot branch. Landed with a thud on the concrete next to us, scurried back to the tree trunk, put it's back there, and huffed and looked around wildly for a good minute. Then it scurried back up the tree.

    I had been told (and believe it after living there for 5.5 years) that the squirrels in Princeton are 'special'.

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    They're eating nuts they buried underground before hurricane Sandy. Fermentation set in and the squirrels lose their balance way up the trees.

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    I've actually seen this too! It was crazy, haha. My friend and i had just finished a ride, were talking in the parking lot by the trailhead, i turn just in time to see something fall from an overhanging branch (about 30 feet away), and this little thing hits the ground and barely bounces. It sounded exactly like an old tennis ball hitting cement. The squirrel sat still for maybe 15 seconds, then scampered off into the trees.

    I was amazed that it wasnt dead! Had to be a 30-40ft drop.

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    We have 'Drop Bears' here.

    Basically Koalas affected by rabies that are rabid and angry, they drop out of trees onto humans and animals and sink their teeth into the necks, heads or bodies of their victims.
    Although there are warning signs everywhere theres always a few tourists that get bitten, often small children, its becoming a real problem lately .......
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    big difference between crazy rodents and rabid koalas. I could imagine that would probably be the only way a rabid koala could manage to bite someone.

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    Did this once, the squirrels "fell" it was a blast, again they take off as soon as they land, they are like "WTF, ohh well, better go find some more nuts"

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    I've never seen them drop from trees, however i did have one that broke into my house once. I came home from work and noticed a loaf of bread that was stuck half-way in the screen window. It took me a while to figure out what had happened. This squirel had chewed it's way through my screen window, climbed into the house, grabbed a loaf of bread off my kitchen counter and tried to drag it out of the window.

    Another time at the same house I looked up and saw probably the same squirel with a jar of peanut butter in it's paws, it was just sitting there dipping it's hands in the PB and eating it.

    Eventually it got a little lazy and was killed by my lab, it was one of the biggest squirels I have ever seen. They're crafty bastards.
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    I saw it last summer in my back yard. Two squirrels fighting over a whole piece of pizza. The one with the pizza couldn't hang on a fell out. I was shocked
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    my greyhound freaks them off my fence all the time. they get surprised when he jumps to the top of the fence at them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    Basically Koalas affected by rabies that are rabid and angry, they drop out of trees onto humans and animals and sink their teeth into the necks, heads or bodies of their victims.
    Zombie Koalas!

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    I was walking out the front door of my apartment in college one morning and at the exact time I closed the door behind me a squirrel fell from at least 35 ft up and landed right on its side. I'll never forget the sound that thing made. It plopped over on its feet, looked around and tried to play it off by walking real awkwardly back to the tree. I never laughed so hard in my life at 7 am in the morning.

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    And I just realized the irony that my avatar is a squirrel... all hail the falling squirrel!!!

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