Squirrel to Pigeon: ‘I’ll Teach You How to Steal My Nuts’

A squirrel who has spent hours collecting a hoard of nuts was never going to give them up without a fight.

A Grey Squirrel attacks a Pigeon who was trying to steal his nuts at a back garden in the Queens Park area of Brighton.

A squirrel who has spent hours collecting a hoard of nuts was never going to give them up without a fight, the Daily Telegraph (UK) reports.

Rearing up on his hind legs, he lashed out with both front paws at his startled opponent, who promptly flew off, feathers ruffled. Having proved himself a member of the Tough-ty club, the grey squirrel then carried on chomping away on the spoils of his victory.

The Grey Squirrel leaps forward and lashes out against his feathered foe in Brighton.

Photographer Simon Dack from Brighton captured the moment in his garden. Impressed by the animal’s display, Mr Dack has nicknamed his regular garden visitor Squirrel Put-em upkins.

He said: “Perhaps he’s the boisterous big brother of Beatrix Potter’s Squirrel Nutkins. We get a lot of squirrels coming over from the local park but this one’s a regular. He’s certainly not shy. He even taps on the window asking for food.”

Grey squirrels were imported to Britain in the 1870s to adorn gardens. Within decades they had invaded much of England. Greys are larger and more aggressive than Britain’s native reds, which they have largely driven out.

Greys also have a bad reputation for stealing food from bird tables, so perhaps the hapless pigeon was trying to get his own back. [via Daily Mail (UK) and Telegraph (UK)]

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