A squirrel takes advantage of an untended stroller.
Last week we took our granddaughter to the Tropical Discovery exhibit at the Denver Zoo. Strollers are not allowed inside so they must be parked in a special area outside. As we approached to park our small umbrella stroller, we saw a squirrel unashamedly enjoying potato chips from an opened package. He was absolutely fearless. It is unfortunate that people leave opened food around as each year the zoo staff finds animals dead from eating fatty "people" food or ingesting coins, straws or other items dropped on the ground or, from ignorance of animal behavior, thrown into water ponds.
I find squirrels fascinating. Some of my neighbors have a vendetta against squirrels. They buy squirrel-proof bird-feeders, squirrel-proof fencing for their gardens and practice other anti-squirrel behavior--some of them questionable or even illegal I happen to like squirrels. I know they are wild animals and not meant to be cuddled. I have no illusions about keeping them around as pets. I do, however, admire and respect their industry and ingenuity.