Rule of Cuteness # 33 – Good as new!

Dusted off and displayed for your viewing pleasure! A bygone Rule of Cuteness that was stumbled upon down in the ol’ CO basement!

“Your tail says, “Yes!”, but your ears say, “nyerhe!”

Miriam S. sent in this baby squirrel orphan rescued by Second Chance Wildlife Center.



  1. aww the little neck!! smooch!!!

  2. Actually I think the tail might be saying “watch out”. Grown squirrels have an alert defensive posture of standing kind of sideways with their tails flicking off to the side, so an attacking threat gets confused and goes after the tail rather than the body. A neighbor of mine did this whenever coming inside for a hazelnut. He was fascinated by the disembodied paws we left by the door (a.k.a. shoes), but very nervous about them. Once he had the hazelnut firmly in grasp, he never failed to check out the human body parts, using the sideways tail diversion as he approached them for a cautious sniff. This guy seems a bit young for that, but who knows.

  3. My squirrel-neighbors do the same thing, when i’m digging around in the garden. They know i keep peanuts in my pockets so they can’t resist. It’s funny to see the new ones get all bent out of shape about my presence with the crouching and the tail-swishing, but the older forest alumni are kinda used to me by now.

  4. Mary (the first) says:

    His earsies say “nom me” and his tailio says “snorgle”. What to do? What to do?!?

  5. victoreia says:

    Squirrelio needs warming up. Here, jump into my pocket….

  6. Ali-Baba says:

    Howze about a snomgle? Double your pleasure, double your fun! 🙂

  7. Nicely rounded bebeh stomach. *nods approvingly*

  8. Rachael says:

    And the nosicle is just screaming for a boop!

  9. That tail had a total mind of its own. Loved it.

  10. Second Chance Wildlife Center is a great organization. I took an injured tufted titmouse there a couple of years ago. They fixed him (or her) up and released her back to the wild.