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Adorable Wild Squirrel Patiently Waits By Window Every Day For A Peanut

Stewart Perrie

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Adorable Wild Squirrel Patiently Waits By Window Every Day For A Peanut

If you need a break from all the hectic news of today, relax and watch this adorable squirrel wait for a peanut.

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According to the person who filmed this heartwarming encounter, this wild animal comes by his home every day to get his daily treat.

In the video captured in Portland, Oregon, you can see the squirrel patiently wait by the door and then get very excited when he sees his human food provider open it.

The bloke says: "Good morning, would you like another peanut?"

While many people would think the animal would devour the tasty treat then and there, they'd be wrong. Around this time of year, loads of squirrels scour their local area to try and find food that will last them through the cold and blistering winter months.

Some can gather up to 10,000 nuts before the official winter season begins and it will be vital for their survival.

Even more interesting, the squirrels won't bury the nuts in one place. They will dig individual holes and plant them all around their natural habitat and hope other pesky squirrels don't take their horde of food.

Credit: Viral Hog
Credit: Viral Hog

A study from professors in the Department of Psychology at University of California at Berkeley made a discovery that indicated how we know what squirrels get up to in the lead-up to winter.

They reportedly use a mnemonic technique called 'spatial chunking' to sort out and bury their nut scores. They will categorise each nut by size, type and even nutritional value and taste.

They use their keen sense of smell as well as physical landmarks to remember where the nuts are buried.

In order to throw other animals off the scent, a study in 2008 found they engage in 'deceptive caching', which involves digging a hole, pretending to throw the acorn inside and covering it up, only to rush off to another location to bury their food.

Featured Image Credit: Viral Hog

Topics: News, Animals

Stewart Perrie
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