Two Squirlers Meet
Bernie and Marc
We were interested in meeting some of Marc's squirrels, and learning more about his methods of communication with them. We had seen from pictures and videos that Marc had a special way with squirrels and hoped to get some pointers.
We were pleased to make the acquaintance of Bitty, who lives by the Entrance Gate to Columbia's Morningside campus. Her babies were not around as they were taking their after-lunch nap.
Now Bitty was hungry and ready for her lunch. A young passerby was happy to help out.
Learning the ropes
It was a matter of getting the squirrels to do certain things like climb onto your arm or sit on your shoulder, in response to certain commands and through your body language. Underlying that of course was an understanding of the psychology of squirrels.
Bernie does it (no surprise there).
Bella and Sasha:
A sometimes peaceful co-existence
Bella likes Bernie
Young Male Juvie
Getting to know you
Getting to know all about you.
Putting it my way,
You are precisely,
This is Tawny in her tree.
She fits right in as you can (almost) see.
And guards her castle jealously.
Back at the Entrance Gates, we find that Bitty has permitted her babies to come down from their nest. We find them on either side of the gates, as Bitty runs from side to side, watching over her charges...
But they do provide a certain sense of safety...
The babies actually come close enough to eat out of our hands, something they learned to do only a week ago!
But then the Squirrels of Columbia are studious and smart (as well as being adorable).
Grand TourAs a side trip, Marc gives us a tour of the Columbia campus.
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