Do You Think Squirrals Run in Front of Cars for Something To Do?

@Tresaqwe (376)
United States
January 10, 2012 8:00am CST
We have been having unusually warm weather this year and the squirrels are all out in full force instead of staying in for the winter. I have noticed tat a lot of them have been running out in front of us as we are driving. Do you think they are just oblivious to cars or do you think they run out in front of cars and run across the street for the fun of it?
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@ladym33 (11007)
• United States
10 Jan 12
LOL, That is funny because I was just thinking the same thing the other day when in a matter of a 5 minute drive I had three different squirrels dash in front of my car and run across the street. I didn't come close to hitting any of them which means their precision is actually pretty good, they seem to know how to run across in just the right amount of time to not get hit.
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@Tresaqwe (376)
• United States
10 Jan 12
That is so funny, they are pretty smart indeed.
@unique16 (1531)
• United States
10 Jan 12
Hello, I notice in my area too there are a lot squirrels running around too. They said or I read this season was a bumper crop of squirrels having babies too. One I think they are confused because it has been warmer than previous years here on East Coast or Mid Alantic States like 40 degrees or above. I swear this past weekend they were making so much noise worse than crows that is bad when you are trying to sleep in. They can be very annoying and eat through wood like they did to my porch roof this past summer which I had to get fixed... was not easy job! I think they are oblivious to cars and people in our area now and when people feed them like birds it makes it worse like nuts and the bird feed. Thanks Unique16
@Tresaqwe (376)
• United States
10 Jan 12
That is true. I guess I am lucky they are not noisy by us.
@hmkoct5 (2067)
• United States
13 Jan 12
That's a funny question! But, now that you mention it, I wonder if they do! Maybe they are bored and just want some action! I think they are pretty smart animals. I think if they wanted to, they could avoid running out in front of cars. I mean, they definitely know how to avoid my dog when he is in the backyard. I bet they do it for fun!
• Southend-On-Sea, England
11 Jan 12
I'd imagine they are oblivious to the fact that cars drive along roads until a car is there, as they don't know what cars are in the same way as humans do. Of course, the unusual weather may be making them miss part of their hibernation and perhaps could be affecting their judgment skills?
@AmbiePam (50274)
• United States
10 Jan 12
It kind of makes me think of dogs. One thing I'll always remember and not in a good way, was getting read to get on the highway to go to class when I was seventeen. My college was 30 minutes away and at the time I lived at home. So right before I get on the highway, and there are cars everywhere, I notice a dog on the side of the road. I'm praying Lord don't let that dog come out in the road. Please, don't. I thought for a minute it would stay. But it didn't. It ran into the road and the car in front of me hit it. I won't say what I saw, but it haunts me. So why did it run into the road when cars were everywhere and it could obviously see and hear them? Maybe that's a secret dogs share with squirrels.