They’re small, furry, fast, and they are everywhere. You guessed it, I’m talking about those cute little squirrels that can be found in every part of campus. Whether they’re digging through our trashcans, or dropping nuts on our unsuspecting heads, these small creatures have adapted to the college life quite smoothly.
The typical squirrel one might see around here has a slender body with a bushy tail almost twice its size and large round eyes. Their large eyes provide an excellent sense of vision for dodging bikes and climbing up through flimsy branches. Squirrels are predominantly herbivores, subsisting on seeds and nuts, which explains why we witness the continuous showering of nutshells from the treetops.
A squirrel searches for snacks on Norlin Quad. (CU Independent/John Regalado)
Over the years, squirrels have developed a harmonious relationship with the students on campus. Although they usually run away if anyone tries to give them affection, squirrels can benefit greatly from the kind-hearted students who may leave some extra sunflower seeds on the bench and walk away. With the upcoming harsh winter, squirrels will certainly appreciate any help they can get, and will rely on students to generously help fill their cheeks with food to bring back home.
Eric Wang is a second year master student, studying Journalism. During the past two semesters, Wang has been exploring the media realm and has learned about the history, traditions, systems and current developments within the American Media Communication. Wang has completed various pragmatic work and has a wide array of skills through training as a photographer and working as a reporter. During the summer, Wang spent three months working as an intern at TBWTV in Los Angeles and hopes to be a professional journalist in the future.
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