Is there a biologist in the house? Bizarre experience with a squirrel
Where I live we have red squirrels. Lots of them in our neighborhood, never a problem. Today I was walking my senior lab and our small foster pup. We passed a yard where a smallish squirrel was running back and forth and practically doing flips in mid-air. The dogs alerted, I thought he was silly. Then he ran up to us and seemingly attempted to attack my dogs! He was definitely trying to make contact and even got between the two. The foster pup was trying to get him and I hope their wasn't any contact, but someone let out a squeal, not sure if it was foster pup or the squirrel. I kicked at it and it scampered off. But it followed us for several yards, like stalking us. Does anyone know why a squirrel would behave like that and approach not one, but two dogs? I am thinking of rabies. My only other explanation would be that perhaps he is somebody's pet and plays with dogs? Does anyone know anything about squirrel behavior?