Saturday, July 21, 2018
Close  
  • share this

Caught on videocam: Holiday hoarder is obese squirrel

/ 07:22 AM December 11, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, New Jersey — An obese squirrel was caught on video stealing gourmet chocolate and lip balm that a family leaves outside as a holiday treat for delivery people.

Michele Boudreaux, of Maplewood, New Jersey, provides candy, snacks, tissues, hand warmers and other goodies on her doorstep every year, she said on her blog.

She’s never had any issues before, but this year, her basket was raided within hours of being set outside her home.

ADVERTISEMENT

The thief seemed to be targeting the priciest stuff, including about 25 squares of Ghirardelli chocolate, she said.

Surveillance camera

The family set up a surveillance camera to see what was going on and spotted the overweight varmint standing on a step stool, digging through the stash on Tuesday.

“I mean, this squirrel is so obese—a jolly ol’ chap—he must be prepping for a decade of winters,” Boudreaux wrote.

Her husband tried to chase the squirrel to see where it was hoarding all the treats, but it made a clean getaway.

Boudreaux said she stumbled upon the thieving rodent in the act on Wednesday, and recorded it taking more chocolate and a Carmex lip balm.

Her family has devised the perfect solution to the problem.

“We now have our chocolate in a jar that requires opposable thumbs,” she wrote.

ADVERTISEMENT

The shenanigans “brought my family so much joy,” she said.

Picky

She also put a bowl of treats out for the squirrel on Thursday, full of walnuts, popcorn and pumpkin seeds. The rotund rodent showed his pickiness yet again.

“He threw all the seeds out on the porch and ate all the other stuff,” she said.

Holiday spirit

Squirrels are seemingly trying to ruin the holiday spirit all over New Jersey this season.

Officials in the town of Sea Girt were puzzled last week when wires to the town’s Christmas tree and display were found torn. Workers repaired the damage so the tree could be lit on Friday.

Police kept watch over the display and on Saturday posted a photo on Facebook of the culprit—a squirrel.

Police said the naughty rodent was “charged with criminal mischief and released on bail.”

Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Michele Boudreaux, obese squirrel, odd news
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
newsinfo

Mangrove shield protects village

July 22, 2018 05:55 AM

newsinfo

This Week’s Festivals: July 22-28, 2018

July 22, 2018 05:38 AM

business

Millennials develop taste for whisky

July 22, 2018 05:36 AM

business

Goings on

July 22, 2018 05:35 AM

opinion

Incompetence

July 22, 2018

business

Taal Vista gets new groove

July 22, 2018

lifestyle

Never shepherd your flock alone

July 22, 2018



© Copyright 1997-2018 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.