And other thoughts.
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.
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.
Photo: Squirrels sharing a confidence.