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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Olympic Squirrel Gymnastics


Squirrels Beat Hummingbirds In Olympic Gymnastics

Olympic Squirrel Gymnastics | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Have you ever tried to out-baffle a squirrel?

We've been having quite the competition 
with our neighborhood squirrels these last few weeks.
So far, the score is Squirrels - 10;  Goo Shoes - 0.

Olympic Squirrel Gymnastics | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

A few young, agile and tenacious squirrels have 
discovered the hummingbird feeder,
and are intoxicated by its nectar.

No matter what we do to literally baffle them, they out-wit us,  
with gymnastic feats worthy of qualifying for the summer Olympics. 

Olympic Squirrel Gymnastics | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Meet S.Q. Uirrel --representing the United Squirrels of America.
He is reaching for the gold in the Uneven Hummingbird Jar competition,
and is clearly the rodent to beat.

Look at that form.....perfectly straight back, feet spread at just the right angle.
He's a natural on this apparatus.

Olympic Squirrel Gymnastics | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Technically, his skills are very strong. 
Coupled with his unusual choreography, he's a real contender.  
 The "upside-down jar reach" hasn't been done in competition before. 
He's the first to attempt it here in Rio de Jersey. 

Olympic Squirrel Gymnastics | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Although he has beautiful technique, S.Q. struggles for consistency.
Sometimes he nails it, and sometimes he gets sloppy.

This time, it's flawless! 
He gets enormous height on those release moves!

Olympic Squirrel Gymnastics | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Even though there were a few form breaks in his legs in the
"under-jar hang,"

the judges have got to be impressed!

Olympic Squirrel Gymnastics | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The "over-hook flip" into the "downward jar slide" is a beautiful combination. 
He's really raised the difficulty bar (no pun intended)
by using only one hand on the feeder. 
The head extension is so impressive.

Olympic Squirrel Gymnastics | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Olympic Squirrel Gymnastics | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Oooohhh......he missed the bar!
 That could cost him 1/10 of a point, and  
may mean the difference between a medal and no medal.

Olympic Squirrel Gymnastics | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

You can't let it break your concentration.......
 you've gotta get right back up there.

 Such determination!
These Olympians make it look so easy!

Olympic Squirrel Gymnastics | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

He's got a "full-twist double-baffle" to finish.
It's a very difficult dismount.  

Olympic Squirrel Gymnastics | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Olympic Squirrel Gymnastics | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

YESSSS!!!! He sticks the  landing!

Olympic Squirrel Gymnastics | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The judge is tabulating his score.
S.Q. surely will get points for ingenuity. 

It's a HUGE score! 

And hopefully, now, he'll be so busy with endorsements,
he won't have time for the hummingbird feeder. 

Best of the Weekend 
Wake Up Wednesday 
Wow Us Wednesday 


  1. Oh Amy, this is hilarious!! I giggled all the way through the post. :-D Your commentating is "spot on" and these pictures are great. Yes, we have tried for years to out-baffle the squirrels, and I've decided it just can't be done. Just today, I chased one off of our screen; by that I mean the screen of our screened porch. They climb up that (or down from the roof, as the case may be) in order to get to our bird feeders which hang from the eaves over our screen porch. Don't even get me started with how they mess up my planters on the porch when they start digging to hide, or retrieve, their acorns. Sigh. Short of shooting them, I really don't know what the answer is. ;>)

    Have a great week, and I hope you enjoy the people Olympic Games next month!



  2. OMG! Surrounded by walnut trees I thought I had seen everything! Thanks for the laughs! The rest~spot on!


  3. Animal watching is fascinating! I was the last visit to the Zoo was sure that the man and the gorilla have common ancestors :-)
    I greet warmly

  4. It boggles my mind that you're able to get these photos Amy! Talk about being in the right place at the right time. And I think you missed your calling! Sports Announcement is your thaaannggg.


    1. Actually, it wasn't hard at all to get these shots, because the squirrels are ALWAYS there - they do their gymnastics routines constantly. Gotta give them points for perseverance!

  5. OMG Amy loved this. Just had me LOL!!!! You have a pretty talented squirrel there! Too funny!

  6. Amy, What a cute post and you shot some amazing action photos! Yes, those fuzzy rats are tenacious. Let us know if you outwit the little guy. Joan-My Cookie Clinic

  7. Loved the photos and your commentary! You get a perfect 10! ;)

  8. Laughed the whole time - this is hysterical! It's amazing how tenacious those squirrels are!! Love the amazing pictures!

  9. TLMAO ....oh this is hysterical... I hope you have a Utube with this in ---motion...too funny!

    My husbands favorite is he squirrel flying 100 feet into the woods with a rigged strainer and bungie cords. Perhaps that one is entered in the long jump. Grins and thanks, Sandi

  10. OMG I love your photos Amy and I love that squirrel - he is just too adorable! I am going to show John this post🐿 Xoxo, Vera

  11. OMG Amy that squirrel is just too much!! They can be such a pain as they are still messing with my flowers in my stone pots!! You captured such great shots of that squirrel. LOL.

  12. LOL - what a great post!!! So glad the hummingbird got in on the last picture too!

  13. I have a new respect for squirrels after reading this! They have determination that overshadows any common sense or fear for that matter! They still are annoying rodents though!!

  14. Wow. I have the same problem with them and bird seed. They confound the dog and drive her crazy. I love this. Your action shots made me feel like I was there!

  15. How darn cute and what wonderful pictures you have taken, bet you have a $5000 camera?
    I feed my squirrels and birds and rabbits.
    They are so entertaining as you have captured in your wonderful photos

  16. Oh Amy, I feel bad, I was laughing the whole time. It was like the squirrel is a gymnast. It is amazing no matter what you do he is able to get there. The Hummingbird didn't seem to even care it was right there.

    Do they show up everyday. Honestly, you were able to capture there movements. The 6th photo had me wondering what he was doing?


  17. They are so athletic aren't they.
    Marvellous captures Amy

    All the best Jan

  18. S.Q.Urriel has been displaced Ms. Goo Shoes by, oo1 point. He has won the Silver.

  19. And I thought I was getting more flexible thanks to my yoga practise, now I know I'll never be as good as the squirrel.

  20. So cute! I think you have a career in Olympic Squirrel Commentating locked up!


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