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Squirrel Smarts – How Squirrels Decide Where to Bury Their Precious Nuts | Wildlife Removal Experts

Filed under: Wildlife Removal Experts — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 1:20 am April 6, 2017

Squirrel Smarts – How Squirrels Decide Where to Bury Their Precious Nuts | Wildlife Removal Experts

I don’t generally ponder the decisions of squirrels, or even think to wonder how they decide where to bury their treasured stash of nuts. But three researchers from UC Berkeley decided they were going to find out once and for all how squirrels think and make the decisions they do. So, they went out onto their leaf-strewn campus with what looked like metal detectors and started searching for buried nuts.

Now, when you look at these creatures a little closer, it becomes a bit more obvious why these researchers were so interested in these small animals. Squirrels are pretty determined little guys. They’ve been around for millions of years, and have figured out how to adapt to live on five different continents with very different climates, including hot deserts and tropical rainforests. And when it comes to their nuts, they can be pretty crafty with stealing them as well as hiding them. Researchers have been able to document and conclude that squirrels actually remember where they store their nuts, a pretty impressive feat when you consider that they hide away as many as 10,000 nuts a year.

Researchers as UC Berkeley decided to find out exactly where and why they burry their nuts and how long those nuts stay hidden. Squirrels are pretty crafty when choosing where to hide their nuts. They’ve even been known to stage fake burials of their nuts if they think a competitor is watching, hiding the real nut in their mouth while they dig a hole and pretend to drop it inside. The researchers were able to track the nuts they gave the squirrels they wanted to study with microchips implanted inside the nuts. They also track each squirrel and monitor their nut hiding activities. They gave out over 600 nuts to different squirrels and then monitored where they buried them and how long those nuts stayed hidden. The research will help scientists understand how animals have adapted and learned to manipulate such complex environments as urban cities in order to survive. These animals that most humans think of as simple creatures without much smarts may surprise us all with incredible complexity and psychology.

Have you ever been surprised by a squirrels intelligence or craftiness? Do you think squirrels are smarter than we give them credit for?

An Adorable Raccoon Hangs Out With Dogs, And Now It Thinks It Is One Of Them | Wildlife Removal Experts

Filed under: Wildlife Removal Experts — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 9:22 am April 3, 2017

An Adorable Raccoon Hangs Out With Dogs, And Now It Thinks It Is One Of Them | Wildlife Removal Experts

When it comes to nuisance wild animals, raccoons are hard to hate because they are so darn cute. Not only that, but raccoons are very intelligent, and they do not typically attack humans. In fact, if you have ever been in the presence of a raccoon, or a raccoon family, you were probably surprised to see how disinterested they were in your presence. In fact, some people have gone as far as to keep stray raccoons as pets. One such family did just that, and after a very short time, the pet raccoon befriended the family dogs. Not only that, but the pet raccoon is now behaving like a dog itself. The raccoon in question has been named “Pumpkin”. Pumpkin the raccoon was only a single month old when its dead-beat mother decided to abandon him. However, after one year of living with a human family, the raccoon is in great health and well cared for.

After Pumpkin fell from a tree and broke his hind leg his mother did not return, and a sadly the local shelter would not take the raccoon. So local residents, Laura and William Young, decided to take the adorable and injured raccoon into their home in order to nurse it back to health. After only a few weeks, Pumpkin befriended the couple’s two dogs, and now they are the best of friends. According the couple, Pumpkin thinks that the two dogs, Toffee and Oreo, are his parents. The owners also said that Pumpkin cuddles with the two dogs every night when they go to sleep, and Pumpkin is probably the most intelligent of all their pets. However, the couple also thinks that it is important to know that many wildlife experts would not recommend keeping a raccoon as a pet, but hey, what are you supposed to do when you find a raccoon on the sidewalk with a broken leg? Even though the couple knew that in some places they could have gotten in trouble for taking the raccoon into their home, they would have done it anyway.

What would you do if you found an injured raccoon that had been abandoned by its family?