Squirrel in the Garbage

Sciurus carolinensisSome may find this a textbook case of cute, not to mention the adaptability of some animals to live off of our garbage, but all this processed fat and sugar can’t be very good for the animal. After all, just because you like to eat something doesn’t mean it’s good for you, as many of us can attest and supermarkets full of fake foods prove. Sciurus carolinensisThe signs around Prospect Park urging people not to feed bread to ducks and geese are a case in point; such a diet is actually harmful to waterfowl, resulting in malformed wings. Yet a stupid tradition persists, as parents continue to make their children complicit in poisoning animals they believe they are helping.

Nutella, laughably, was claiming that this stuff was perfect for a healthy breakfast until a class action suit ordered them to cease and desist such blathering nonsense. But it sure does know the not-so-secret key to mammalian taste buds: fat, sugar, salt!

4 Responses to “Squirrel in the Garbage”


  1. 1 Peggy Herron June 1, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Only in Brooklyn would someone toss a Nutella jar in the park. It’s still not a healthy snack but the glass jars of Nutella are made in Italy and not as sweet as the jars made for the Anerican market .

  2. 3 Nature on the Edge June 1, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    It’s all about ignorance! The more awareness out there the better.

  3. 4 David Burg June 4, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Fat sugar salt and of course chocolate. Good point about impacts of feeding animals, I am on a mini-campaign to get people to dial back all the songbird and hummingbird feeding for similar reasons…and because of the devastation of blackbirds by US gov to protect the bird seed crop. Read a good piece in my wife’s alumni mag recently that introduced me to the term “pathological altruism”. Fits so many activities.


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