Shocking new research shows University squirrels exhibit human behavior

Olivia Lawlor, Contributing Writer

University student Carrie Coleman ’17 made a groundbreaking discovery the week of Oct. 17 during her observational study of the University squirrels.

Coleman, an animal behavior major, decided to investigate the odd behavior of University squirrels. She hypothesized that the squirrels’ behavior is influenced by students.

Coleman’s findings are shocking.

Coleman reported that some of the squirrels have begun to mimic some aspects of the University’s social scene.  These squirrels congregate into eight all-male and eight all-female groups. The mature male groups live together and a very old squirrel cooks their meals. Three times a week, the female squirrels travel to the male nests in packs in order to mingle.

“There is evidence that the groups of squirrels have names, such as, ‘Sigma Squirrel,’ and ‘Beta Squirrel,’” Coleman said.

The squirrels are very active on campus. Most of them have an interest in staying in shape and enjoy scenic runs around the golf course and lifting rocks regularly.

“There is a strong emphasis on athletics. The squirrels have a very competitive track team,” Coleman said.

Most of the squirrels eat a healthy diet and prefer to eat from the trash outside the Commons Café. However, almost every squirrel waits for a student to drop food from the Flying Bison on Wednesday and Friday nights.

Coleman concluded that the “Bucknell Bubble” has impacted the animals on campus, and she encourages students to reach out to the squirrels.

“Just sharing some Nacho Tots with a squirrel will guarantee a path to friendship,” Coleman said.

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