Squirrels... eating RATS?!
August 10, 2013 11:19 AM Subscribe
Is it normal for a squirrel to eat a rat?
posted by Quincy to pets & animals (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I saw this last night and it has been troubling me ever since. I saw a squirrel running along as I parked my car at a local park. I noticed that the large thing he had in his mouth, was actually a smallish rat (I could tell from the tail it wasn't a mouse, not to mention it was bigger than the average mouse around here). He then stopped directly in front of my car and proceeded to dig into the rat. It was quite disturbing. He didn't budge when I honked my horn, so we moved spots. He then ran past us to the base of a tree across the street, and finished eating the rat. I was so freaked out that I kept watching him to make sure he wasn't coming at us as we got our picnic things together. I am not sure if the rat was still alive when we first saw him. I noticed that the tail was moving in a circular motion, but I couldn't tell if it was struggling or if it was just the motion of the squirrel running that was moving it.
Is this normal!?!?I tried to google it, to mixed results. The best that I could find said that it is possible they can be driven to eating other rodents if they were very hungry, and their wasn't much else. This was in the middle of a large city park, full of trees, and next to the city zoo, that presumably has lots of scraps to pick up for such animals. What was wrong with this thing??