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Are Boston's Squirrels Too Fat?



    Squirrel Hides in Car, Climbs Up Woman's Leg as She Drives

    A University of North Carolina professor keeps her cool and makes a new friend when a stowaway squirrel climbs up her leg as she's driving. WRAL's Lynda Loveland reports.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 1, 2017)

    Apparently, out-of-towners are talking. And they've reached a consensus: Bostons' squirrels are overweight.

    According to the Boston Globe, online reviews of both the Boston Common and the Public Garden are starting to include comments about the size of the animals.

    "They're just so much chubbier than squirrels everywhere," Susan Abell, a spokesperson for the Friends of the Public Garden, told the Globe. Veterinarian Greg Mertz took it a step further, calling the squirrels "obese."

    Part of the problem appears to be that they're being overfed - by tourists and Bostonians alike. Because of the large numbers of people who visit the Common every day, there is also a ton of discarded food to snack on.

    Women’s March Draws Large Numbers in DC

    [NATL] Women’s March Draws Large Numbers in DC

    Thousands of people turned up for the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Organizers this year had estimated half a million people could attend but the turnout was expected to be much lower.

    (Published Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019)

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