Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Stranded at a stoplight, I spotted several squirrels in a tree. This naturally led to the question of how many squirrels you would need to cut open and crawl inside to survive a storm in the wild. After extensive thought and some good old-fashioned measuring, I came up with 45: 7 per leg, 5 per arm, 15 for the midsection, 5 for the head, and 1 for the groin.

You aren't always going to find a horse, elk, camel, or moose in time before the storm unleashes its fury. It's important to be able to adapt to adversity in the wild. Few things scream 'adapt to adversity' louder than surviving a storm inside 45 squirrels. Obviously the action involved is less 'crawling inside for shelter' and more 'smooshing their bodies around my body for shelter' but this blog is about survival, and survival isn't always pretty. Look to Jordan's thoughtful comment on the Deer post for a more in-depth discussion of the mechanics of using small animals for shelter.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!


  1. Other option: Use squirrel as bait to catch ferret; use ferret as bait to catch badger; use badger as bait to catch bear. PROBLEM SOLVED

  2. squirrels....not only are the delicious they may save your life.....