See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

When squirrels talk.

And other thoughts.
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Most people do not know this, although they think they do, but when squirrels speak, they do so much faster than most backyard animals.  Many people assume gophers and mice speak the fastest, but squirrels have them beat.  Rabbits on the other hand engage in conversation at about the same rate as mature adult humans on Vicodin.  Cats are closest to humans when they talk - their range.  For instance they will talk really fast when they are excited, or slowly when they are resting, and really loud when they are disturbed - just like people.  Dogs always talk like they are nuts, which is why they chase everyone - especially squirrels; dogs say squirrels are nuts and talk way too fast and so they must chase them.  Dogs are obsessive compulsive and other-directed - that is not a bad thing however - for a dog.   But I'm getting off point here.
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Squirrels talk really, really fast, and the only thing they have in common with the way mice and gophers talk is their high pitch.  Squirrels are high talkers and fast talkers, which is why I can never understand them.  Sometimes they are low, growl talkers - but I doubt they're really saying much of anything when they do that.
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Photo:  Squirrels sharing a confidence.

11 comments:

  1. What about chipmunks (ground squirrels)?
    They don't talk at all; they just run!
    Unless I'm wrong about this..."Alvin and the Chipmunks" do contradict this.
    We have albino chipmunks at our Oratory...they just look and run!

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  2. How lovely...discriminated beasts, no doubt, different from their fellows, finding their way to the Lord.

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  3. I never had trouble understanding Rocky - but they must have slowed the tape down during recording.

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  4. I was in the forest once and tried talking to a squirrel that was perched on a tree doing that "low growl" thing. It was the only time I actually talked with an animal and the animal talked back. I must have got the pitch just right or something. The squirrel stopped his low sound and suddenly belted out this high-pitched fury of rapid noise, then he (or she) ran off like the blazes. Maybe I said the wrong thing.

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  5. Squirrels are the only animal that speaks with a lisp.
    *

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  6. Pablo - now that is funny! Thanks!

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  7. Terry-

    You are our liaison between the human world and the rest of the four legged critters in all of nature:0) You should have your own talk show and invite them little critters to talk about issues affecting their lives.

    I'm an animal lover. So much so that I should - to all intents and purposes - be a vegetarian. I'm not, so my current status is highly hypocritical.

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  8. Tom - I eat meat too.

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  9. It's true Tom, Terry has bit me before. Many times in fact. hahahaha

    Cats are brilliant because you find them in your bed when your positive that you put them outside earlier in the day !

    Squirrles live their lives as though every day is "special olympics" day!!

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  10. step away form the pills sir :)
    my problem began when the animal world tried to communicate to me.

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  11. This is what happens when I'm away-you start posting squirrel porn!

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