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THE GREAT OUTDOORS — As temperatures drop and snow covers the ground, it becomes harder for forest animals to find food. A bird feeder loaded with seeds becomes quite a temptation during the winter months.
While most animals must try to jump or climb to get those tasty seeds, burning precious calories in the process, flying squirrels make it look as simple as sitting down at the table for dinner. Check out this video:
I can't help but think that the squirrels look like some sort of special ops team. They're using night vision and gliders to get around, and the precision with which they drop onto the feeder is astounding. All that's missing is the three invaders using plastic explosives to drop the remaining feeders down to an evacuation team waiting on the forest floor below.
According the video description, the feeder is located in Ontario and is part of a "winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas and other locales in North America."
That's all well and good, but these elite squirrels don't care much for bird surveys. They're just interested in reaching their high-altitude target in the middle of the night and scoring a delicious dinner.