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  • #16
    Ya did a good job on it Kappy.
    The Game Day Thread: Year 17 in progress!!! sigpic


    • #17
      Originally posted by Kapaibro
      The Skwrl of Doom bows humbly to his Lord and Master, Foamy!

      Resteraunt Rant

      There's just something that's not right about that.....


      Love it....good stuff.


      • #18
        The Skwrl has posted a new blog!
        President of the GPA, Head of Mainland Europe Chapter

        formerly Officially Adopted by saltybuggah
        I adopted Skywalker

        I have been adopted by Chris Wade


        • #19
          Skwrl goes 'Postal'!!!!

          OIL CITY, Pa. (AP) - Letter carriers occasionally have to deal with angry dogs or maybe even a spider's nest in a mailbox, but a mean squirrel?

          Barb Dougherty, 30, a U.S. Postal Service employee, said she was attacked and bitten Monday by a squirrel while delivering mail in Oil City, about 121 kilometres north of Pittsburgh.

          "It was a freak thing. It was traumatic," Dougherty told the Derrick newspaper. "I saw it there on the porch, put the mail in the box and turned to walk away and it jumped on me."

          She said the animal ran up her leg and onto her back.

          "I eventually got a hold of the tail and pulled it off me," Dougherty said. "No one was home at the house where I was delivering the mail, but the neighbour lady heard me screaming and came over."

          An ambulance took Dougherty to a hospital, where she was treated for cuts and scratches. The squirrel was killed with a BB gun and sent to a lab to be tested for rabies. Dougherty was given the first series of rabies shots as a precaution.

          Postal officials said the attack is extraordinary.

          "In about 230 years of postal history, I bet it is not the first, but I've personally never heard of another squirrel biting," said Steve Kochersperger, spokesman for the Erie district.

          That's what you get for messing with Skwrl post!
          President of the GPA, Head of Mainland Europe Chapter

          formerly Officially Adopted by saltybuggah
          I adopted Skywalker

          I have been adopted by Chris Wade


          • #20
            New Skwrl News

            Suicide squirrel in opera-hating kamikaze bike spoke mangle
            By Chris Williams

            A Helsinki squirrel dived into the bicycle wheel of passing opera singer Esa Ruuttunen, hospitalising him and killing itself.

            The squirrel - apparently not an opera fan - ran headlong at Ruuttunen's spokes. Alarmed, the bicycling bass baritone hit the deck.

            Instead of attending rehearsals for new Finnish opus Kaarmeen hetki (Hour of the Serpent), Ruuttunen attended casualty with concussion and a broken nose.

            Fans of Scandinavian-language* "passion-laden thriller[s]" looking forward to the aforementioned "wild drama delving into the soul of a woman" needn't begin a candlelit prayer vigil for Ruuttunen's recovery though. A Finnish National Opera spokeswoman told Reuters: "He is not yet singing in rehearsals, but thinks he will be able to perform at the world premiere."

            Yesterday's tragically notable exception aside, things have been fairly quiet on the animal attack front this summer. We look forward to a resumption of full hostilities forthwith.
            President of the GPA, Head of Mainland Europe Chapter

            formerly Officially Adopted by saltybuggah
            I adopted Skywalker

            I have been adopted by Chris Wade


            • #21
              Skwrl Home Invasion

              Squirrel invades Parsippany home
              BY ROB JENNINGS
              Thursday, December 28, 2006

              PARSIPPANY -- Police investigating a possible home burglary on Wednesday were astonished upon locating the culprit -- a squirrel.

              The feisty critter resisted efforts to chase it outside, animal control officer Chris Dikovics said today. It scampered onto a china cabinet and briefly took refuge in the resident's Christmas tree before finally exiting the house, he said.

              The unusual pursuit was handled with care.

              "The difficulty is not getting the squirrel out. The difficulty is not allowing the squirrel to cause damage, and not causing damage yourself, trying to get the squirrel out," Dikovics said.
              President of the GPA, Head of Mainland Europe Chapter

              formerly Officially Adopted by saltybuggah
              I adopted Skywalker

              I have been adopted by Chris Wade


              • #22
                Skwrl Smarts!

                Red squirrel may have ESP

                December 28, 2006
                EDMONTON–In the eat-or-be-eaten animal kingdom, red squirrels have found a way to stay one step ahead of their food source.

                Biologists have discovered that the squirrels can anticipate when evergreens will produce bumper crops of seeds, and they respond with larger than usual litters. It's no coincidence, according to an article published in the latest edition of the journal Science. Rather, it's perfectly timed behaviour.

                "We usually predict that animals will just track resources and respond at a later date, so this is very surprising," lead author Stan Boutin, a University of Alberta biologist, said yesterday.

                "It's quite a story in the scientific world because we haven't seen this before, and more importantly, we hadn't even thought to look."

                Typically, spruce and pine trees use a boom-and-bust strategy in their seed production to counter squirrels' big appetites. In lean years, Boutin said, trees starve squirrels so that when larger seed crops are produced randomly, there are fewer squirrels around to eat up all their future seedlings.

                Monitoring red squirrels near Kluane National Park in the Yukon, however, led to surprising results.

                Months before a big cone season started, squirrels went into a reproductive frenzy.

                The pattern repeated itself in 1993, 1998 and again in 2005.

                "Lots of animals breed well ahead of the spring flush when babies are born, and they can do that each year because temperature and daylight changes are such good predictors of upcoming changes," Boutin said.

                "It's a little bit tougher when things are unpredictable like seed production years, but the squirrels obviously figured out a cue."

                Squirrels also take a chance, he said, because they have offspring in seasons with no resources in order to outwit the trees' swamp-and-starve mechanism.

                Exactly how squirrels have become smart enough to predict future availability of seeds is not yet known. But Boutin figures they use an as-yet unseen cue.
                President of the GPA, Head of Mainland Europe Chapter

                formerly Officially Adopted by saltybuggah
                I adopted Skywalker

                I have been adopted by Chris Wade


                • #23
                  Skwrl Invasion!

                  Experts deny squirrel invasion reports
                  By STEVE MARRONI

                  Highways and rivers clogged with puffy-tailed rodents on the move?

                  It's happened before in Pennsylvania. During the "Great Squirrel Migration of 1968," the creatures marched shoulder to shoulder in search of a new home. And when the acorns ran out, they'd eat – gulp – anything.

                  Are we in trouble?

                  Could it happen again?

                  Some think so. The 1968 migration might not have been quite that dramatic, but many squirrels did starve, and many more were squished on highways.

                  According to December's Penn Lines, a monthly magazine for Pennsylvania's electric cooperatives, the signs of another migration are here. Experts say when great quantities of acorns are available, squirrels will thrive and boost their population. But the amount of acorns, called mast crops, fluctuates. And on a bad year, it leaves a large population with no choice but to move somewhere else in search of food.

                  Though Chief Ranger William Hornberger of Codorus State Park has never heard of migrating squirrels, he said this week there have been many more acorns and nuts around the last two years – and certainly no shortage of squirrels – in the park.

                  "Even when I was out hunting, I saw more acorns," Hornberger said. The good crop is likely the result of plenty of rain, sun and the right temperatures.

                  Hornberger said the large squirrel population at the park can be a nuisance. They nest in buildings and chew through wires.

                  But, if the bountiful acorn crop fails next year, will many of those squirrels pack up and leave?

                  John Winkelmann, an animal-behavior specialist and biology professor at Gettysburg College, said squirrels indeed follow food supplies, but they're not considered migratory animals like many birds or salmon. Their movements are more like an expansion and contraction of their population through a given area than a migration.

                  "They do move when food is scarce," Winkelmann said. "They might move a little bit here and there, but it's nothing like the lemming migration."

                  Population movement and fluctuation is often attributed to acorns, the staple of a squirrel's diet. In the year of a heavy mast crop, a squirrel population can double or even triple in a year, Winkelmann said. If the crop is small, he said younger squirrels are often chased out and forced to move to a new area.

                  Lots of locals are seeing more squirrels, but experts at the Pennsylvania Game Commission don't see the signs of an impending exodus. They say it's something else entirely.

                  "December and January is the time for love," said state Game Commission press officer Jerry Feaser. "We're entering squirrel breeding season, which is interpreted by some as a migration."

                  Feaser said reports of squirrel migrations and massive population booms often come from deer hunters who report large numbers of the frolicking rodents.

                  While hunting, Feaser himself saw at least three times as many squirrels as he saw deer.

                  But that might not necessarily mean there are more squirrels.

                  Chad Eyler, wildlife conservation officer with the Game Commission in York County, said with more housing developments and smaller pockets of woodland, squirrel populations are more condensed and be can be seen by more people.

                  Darren David, a wildlife conservation officer in Adams County, said the conditions for a squirrel migration would have to be just right, and he doesn't see it this year in his territory. It would involve one year with a heavy mast crop and mild winter followed by a year with a weak crop of acorns and a severe winter.

                  In any case, Feaser said there's no reason for alarm now.

                  "This is something we hear a lot of this time of year, and people assume it's some sort of migration," he said. "It's really just squirrels doing what squirrels do – acting squirrelly."
                  President of the GPA, Head of Mainland Europe Chapter

                  formerly Officially Adopted by saltybuggah
                  I adopted Skywalker

                  I have been adopted by Chris Wade


                  • #24
                    Old School Skwrls!

                    The gliding squirrel: an aerial master in the age of dinosaurs
                    Lewis Smith, Environment Reporter

                    By far the earliest flying mammal. Fossil find dates back 125m years

                    A mammal that was a cross between a bat and a squirrel had mastered gliding while the ancestors of modern birds were still learning to fly.
                    Fossilised remains of the animal have been found in Mongolia and date back 125 million years to an era when dinosaurs still ruled the world.

                    It is 15 million years older than the earliest fossil remains of the “nearly modern bird”, Gansus yumenensis, a direct ancestor of the birds we know today. The previously unknown creature is so unusual that palaeontologists had to create a new order of animals to classify it within the mammalian family tree.

                    It has been named Volatico therium antiquus, meaning ancient gliding beast, and was so well preserved that impressions of fur and part of a skin membrane survive in the rock in which it was found.

                    The animal, being light and boasting large skin membranes that stretched between the limbs, was one of the most accomplished gliders known.

                    It is by far the earliest mammalian flier discovered and predates the earliest known bat, which is 51 million years old, by more than 70 million years. The earliest gliding rodent is 30 million years old.

                    In a report of the discovery, which is published in the journal Nature, the researchers say: “Volaticotherium antiquus shows that mammals had experimented with aerial life much earlier than previously expected; probably at the same time as, if not earlier than, when birds exploited the sky.”

                    Palaeontologists described the fossil remains as one of the most important discoveries of mammals in the Mesozoic era — 248 to 65 million years ago — for more than a century.

                    “The new evidence of gliding flight is giving us a dramatically new picture of many of the animals that lived in the age of dinosaurs,” Jin Meng, who led the study, said.

                    The fossil was found and analysed by a team from the American Museum of Natural History, New York, and the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing. They said in a statement: “Volaticotherium antiquus is the first known Mesozoic mammal capable of gliding flight, indicating that early mammals were more diverse in their early evolution than scientists had previously thought.”

                    The “ancient gliding beast” had a body weighing about 2.5oz (70g), making it similar to both bats and flying squirrels.

                    Its sharp teeth are reminiscent of bats rather than squirrels and it would have used them to crunch insects, although it was probably not quite adept enough at flying to catch them in mid-air.

                    The creature would most likely have been nocturnal. It had limbs that were suited to running up trees in Cretaceous forests, from where it would have launched itself into the air to glide to lower branches. Skin stretched between the arms and legs, combined with its low body mass, allowed it to glide, and a long, stiff tail would have helped to control direction.

                    Analysis has ruled out the possibility of it being the ancestor of flying mammals, including bats, flying squirrels, flying marsupials or flying lemurs. It developed flight independently.

                    This year a fossil of Gansus yumenensis, the nearly modern bird, was dated to 110 million years ago; however, palaeontologists believe that it may have existed up to 140 million years ago.

                    Archaeopteryx, a proto-bird, dates back 150 million years and is regarded as the earliest bird, although it was closely related to dinosaurs.
                    President of the GPA, Head of Mainland Europe Chapter

                    formerly Officially Adopted by saltybuggah
                    I adopted Skywalker

                    I have been adopted by Chris Wade