Birds and squirrels have been battling it out for food since the beginning of time. One Kentucky woman crafted a brilliant (and hilarious) squirrel deterrent for their bird feeder and it’s as entertaining as it is useful.
You can almost see the squirrel’s bewildered face after he’s foiled by a slinky.
Jan Siems Catron told KABC News the squirrels had been so persistent they had chewed through the bottom of her feeder. She originally bought the slinky for her grandchildren for Christmas. But then the idea to hang it from the bird feeder struck. Necessity really is the mother of invention.
Catron watched the results from her window and decided to capture one squirrel’s attempt on video. The clip, posted on Facebook, has since reached 34 million views.
Catron said several of the squirrels gave up after a couple of days of battling the slinky. Still, there have been a few so desperate for a snack that they’ve taken to jumping from the trees to the top of the feeder. You have to admire their dedication.