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Photo Gallery: Ferndale Squirrel Eating a Taco

Nature in Ferndale is a funny thing.

I was driving south on Paxton, just past University High School, when out of the corner of my eye I saw a black squirrel with what looked like a rolled up piece of paper in its mouth.

As I inched my car closer, getting a different angle, I realized that this squirrel had, in fact, a taco shell in its mouth. Yeah, a crunchy, corn tortilla taco shell.

I hit my brakes (no one was behind me), grabbed my camera and from the confines of the driver's seat snapped 50 pictures of this taco lovin' squirrel. I couldn't resist.

This is a gallery of a few of those shots.

Ever see a squirrel eating a taco? Well, now you have.

Amy Butters December 16, 2011 at 05:35 PM
50 pictures, really? So grateful for the editing process. :)
A.J. Sherman December 16, 2011 at 05:36 PM
"Local Squirrel Robs Taco Bell"..... so this is why the police were goin cray cray this morn.
Terry Parris Jr. December 16, 2011 at 05:45 PM
You'd take 50 pictures of a squirrel eating a taco, too!
Terry Parris Jr. December 16, 2011 at 05:45 PM
A squirrel thinking outside the bun is a dangerous animal.
Lucas Zdenek December 16, 2011 at 06:01 PM
I've taken 50 pictures of many things less deserving than a squirrel eating a taco. This is photo gold!
Sherri Yezbick-Taylor December 16, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Too funny! Thank you so much for the laugh!!
Stacey Jamison December 16, 2011 at 06:56 PM
This is way better than our other news today!
JGTECK December 16, 2011 at 08:07 PM
I think he's in Love!
Jarrod Dambro December 16, 2011 at 08:10 PM
Its the little things in life isn't it??
Sue Pearson December 16, 2011 at 09:38 PM
Very sophisticated taste!
Alan Stamm December 16, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Way to come through in a crunch, Terry! Where's the beef? And by the time Rocky was done, I bet that item was a shell of its former self.
Carol Caramagno December 16, 2011 at 11:21 PM
This is better than the pix I took of a squirrel inside a peanut butter jar!
Guy Fawkes December 16, 2011 at 11:54 PM
I saw this on my phone browser just as I had a customer coming in and almost spit coffee out of my nose.
Nancy Hanus December 17, 2011 at 01:21 AM
http://ferndale.patch.com/articles/michigan-postcard-pumpkin-eater#photo-7577035 Pumpkins, tacos .... what's next? The squirrels are getting a bit too cheeky around here. Carol, we want to see the picture of the squirrel inside the peanut butter jar. At least I do.
Edward Cardenas (Editor) December 17, 2011 at 06:49 PM
Hey "yo quiero Taco Bell" chihuahua - this squirrel is gunning for your job.
Gina Queener December 17, 2011 at 06:53 PM
Now I wish I'd taken a picture of the squirrel I saw eating a full size piece of pizza!
Joni Hubred-Golden (Editor) December 17, 2011 at 07:00 PM
I just hit the "Recommend" button, so you're at an even 100. Because a taco-eating squirrel photo gallery deserves nothing less.
Ardy December 17, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Cute pictures? I don't think so. These animals are not supposed to subsist on food like this. Unfortunately, this picture reflect the result of poor Code Enforcement and neighbor responsibility. There are Codes in this City that address the proper storage of refuse. Due to the lack of neighbor responsibility, I have had to kill 7 rats in my garage since the end of summer. Perhaps if I through the dead ones on their driveway maybe they will get the hint? I'm crass, but not that crass. However, Code Enforcement has got to stop chasing purse snatchers and get on the ball. I've contacted him multiple times about improper storage of refuse on property and nothing is done. I'm at the point where I'm about to start making Davey Crockett hats and stew out of those things. Maybe if I post a "cute" picture of one of those buggers eating chicken wings (which happens daily) they will get the hint? Should I start sending the City receipts for all of the rodent control expenditures for reimbursement? Or should I wait until my dog chokes to death on a chicken bone left in my yard by one of these fluffy-tailed rats?
Terry Parris Jr. December 17, 2011 at 09:08 PM
Oh Ardy.
Ardy December 18, 2011 at 12:53 AM
I know, Terry. What a crotchety old man thing for me to present a serious public health issue while the rainbows and unicorns are gallivanting about, eh? So my question (serious one): Is it against the law in this town to shoot the things with a BB gun? A pellet gun? I know that we can't do anything to "control" the possums (and I wouldn't want to,, anyhoo) .... BIG fine for harvesting those buggers
Terry Parris Jr. December 18, 2011 at 02:40 AM
You want to kill rats or squirrels or unicorns?
Ardy December 18, 2011 at 02:50 AM
"You want to kill rats or squirrels or unicorns?" Really? What a flip comment. I want to make sure that my kids and dog don't have any problems. I don't know if you're a homeowner, Terry, but this has been a very serious concern in this town for well before Patch has been around. I guess you haven't sen the rats cross across 8 Mile, have you? I've hit a few. There is a very serious rat issue in this town and in the town to the north of us. Royal Oak, Berkley; we've all got rat issues that get worse with "cute little squirrels" making it worse by getting into garbage and spreading it out throughout the neighborhoods. Me thinks you just don't get it on this issue. If you had to deal with it; you'd be just as pissed about it as I (and many others) are.
Terry Parris Jr. December 18, 2011 at 03:08 AM
In the context of this photo gallery all I can say is, "IT'S A PICTURE OF A SQUIRREL EATING A TACO SHELL!" Methinks it's funny. You can probably extrapolate tons of issues when looking at a picture of a squirrel eating a taco shell (in fact, that would be interesting to see what people could come up with). Rats as a problem, absolutely. I can see how you can get to that conclusion.
Ardy December 18, 2011 at 03:20 AM
"In the context of this photo gallery all I can say is, "IT'S A PICTURE OF A SQUIRREL EATING A TACO SHELL!" lol. Well, doesn't a picture tell a thousand words?! lol. In the simplest there is a much greater issue. One's simple taco squirrel-eating squirrel exemplifies anothers "plague". In my area of Ferndale, we've been dealing with this squirrel crap for almost 10 years. They tear up gardens, spread trash and eat through plastic garbage cans in order to feed. If they fed on nuts and berries like they should we would not have a problem. But this is a very long standing problem and a health issue. Rats spread all kinds of diseases; that's why the citizenry is supposed to do their part and keep their refuse in secured containers per the Codes.
Ardy December 18, 2011 at 03:24 AM
Further, Terry, I've offered to talk to you about stuff like this in the past and have never been taken up on it. Why is that?
Terry Parris Jr. December 18, 2011 at 03:50 AM
I've never lived in a community that didn't have tons of squirrels running around. But again, I'm not disputing the problem. It's absolutely valid. And it's absolutely important to talk about. But I don't think you ever emailed me. Did you email me about that? I don't think I've ever gotten an email from you. We can talk about it. Get in touch with me. What's your email address?
Terry Parris Jr. December 18, 2011 at 03:51 AM
Also: I think this picture tells three words: Squirrel, taco, shell.
Herp DeDerp December 19, 2011 at 02:40 PM
These pics are awesome!!! (I've never seen a black squirrel before they are pretty much all brown in missouri).
Guy Fawkes December 19, 2011 at 03:09 PM
They weren't all that common in Ferndale up until 5 or 6 years ago either. The past two years seems to have resulted in a sort of boom for 3 or 4 different species of squirrels, (eg; browns, reds, grays, blacks). I've been in this area for the better part of two decades and I can say with certainty that this is new.

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