December 11th, 2006

Coffee Squirrel

It's a Squirrely World

Scientist examines city squirrels' lives

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press Writer Mon Dec 11, 3:28 AM ET

CHICAGO - Squirrels hit the genetic lottery with their chubby cheeks and bushy tails. It's hard to imagine picnickers tossing peanuts and cookies at the rodents if they looked like rats.

But good looks alone don't get you through Chicago winters. Nor do they help negotiate a treacherous landscape of hungry cats, cars and metal traps.

So how do they do it? And why do they search, huddle, dart, and sometimes forget where they hid their nuts?
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