Squirrels not as nuts as thought
SQUIRRELS organise their nut stashes by type, quality and possible even personal preference, a study has found.
US researchers who tracked 45 fox squirrels with GPS for two years have concluded just as humans organise their kitchens, squirrels arrange their food stash into more manageable collections. This, they believe, is so they can remember where they buried them as well as conceal them from rivals.
Squirrels in the northern hemisphere gather between 3 000 and 10 000 nuts each autumn, storing and using them during the winter months.
The study found the rodents frequently organised their stashes by varieties, keeping each one separate.
Lead researcher Dr Mikel Delgado said: “This is the first demonstration of organisation in a scatter-hoarding animal.” – Daily Mail