A Furry Menace On Penn’s Campus

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There’s something wild going on at the University of Pennsylvania.

Even though it’s in the middle of a big city, Penn’s campus can sometimes seem quiet and secluded: the trees, the birds … the squirrels.

“They’re a bit bigger than squirrels I normally see and there’s a lot more around here,” said one Penn student.

The squirrels at Penn have become notorious for forward behavior. Even commencement speaker Denzel Washington noticed it.

“I mean, they’re breaking into dorm rooms, they’re walking around campus, I think I saw some carrying books on their way to class,” Washington said.

“There’s a squirrel right there, look at that, see how forward he is.”

This man has been observing the squirrels while working on campus. He thinks the problem is not the squirrels, but the people.

“They feed them and, yeah, they’re going to go to a person if they figure out they get food from a person.”

So much for the saying, “you are what you eat.” It seems the squirrels were a lot saner when they relied on eating nuts.

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Chris

    are there gangs of squirrels mugging rats and alley cats at Penn? I can’t imagine them being any more a menace than pidgeons

  • Jean

    Urban squirrels often adapt to people, because we carry and discard food. Calling them a menace is a bit silly..

  • ech

    I know this article is fairly lighthearted, but “saner”?

  • Clare Peterson

    Squirrels can do just fine on their own. They can find food–they don’t need human help. They become very fresh once they grow used to people. The squirrel feeders should try having to shoo a squirrel out of a building, or to repair windows screens that the pests have ruined as they try to get inside for handouts.

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