Heimlich Squirrel

Several years ago, I was sitting in the backyard, with my camera,waiting to capture the perfect shot of a hummingbird hovering near my feeder. Behind me, I heard some trashing around and what sounded like two squirrels, “playing” on one of our large oak trees. I turned to look and saw a squirrel, rolling around on the ground, eyes bulging out, making what I know to be the universal sign for “I’m choking!”. You know the one, both hands clutching at your throat, eyes wide, all the while your face is turning blue from the lack of oxygen. Not that I could see the squirrel’s face turning blue because of, you know, his fur. Anyway, another squirrel leapt from the oak tree, grabbed the choking squirrel around the waist and pulled it up to a fork in the oak trees trunk. I assume this was for a stable platform, although the ground should have sufficed, in my opinion. But then again, I’m not a squirrel. Anyway, after they get to the fork in the tree, the second squirrel began to perform what looked like abdominal thrusts on the first squirrel. I watched in amazement. I could scarcely believe what I was seeing. I was watching a squirrel, perform the Heimlich Maneuver, to save another squirrels life! I watched in shock and awe, when I finally remembered that I had my camera! I whipped it to my face, quickly focused and took, what I am pretty sure is, the only photograph that shows a squirrel performing the Heimlich Maneuver, to save another squirrels life. And here it is:

You’re welcome.

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