Do squirrels beg?

Answered by Jason Smith

Squirrels do indeed beg for food or drinks. It’s actually quite a common sight, especially in places like backyards or public parks where squirrels have become accustomed to human presence and have learned how to take advantage of it.

I remember one particular incident that happened in my backyard. I was sitting outside, enjoying a sunny afternoon, when I noticed a squirrel approaching me. At first, I didn’t think much of it, assuming it was just passing by like they usually do. But as it got closer, I realized it was staring at me intently.

Curiosity got the better of me, and I decided to investigate why the squirrel was so fixated on me. As I started observing it closely, I noticed that its gaze was focused on the bag of peanuts I had nearby. It became quite clear that the squirrel was begging for a treat.

Intrigued by this behavior, I decided to test its begging skills. I held out a peanut in my hand, and to my surprise, the squirrel immediately scampered over and took it from me. It was as if it knew exactly what it needed to do to get what it wanted.

This encounter made me realize that squirrels have become quite adept at begging from humans. It’s not uncommon to see them approaching people in parks, hoping for a snack. They seem to have learned that by staring at us with those beady little eyes, we’ll eventually cave in and give them something to eat.

It’s important to note that while it may be tempting to feed squirrels when they beg, it’s not always the best idea. Feeding them human food can be harmful to their health, as they have specific dietary needs. It’s best to provide them with natural squirrel-friendly foods like nuts or seeds, rather than processed snacks.

Squirrels do beg for food or drinks, especially in places where they have grown accustomed to human presence. Their begging behavior is a result of their adaptation to their environment and their ability to recognize that humans often provide them with food. However, it’s important to be mindful of what we feed them and to ensure we’re not causing harm by providing inappropriate or unhealthy treats.