Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers

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Author: John Burroughs
Published: 1875
Language: English
Wordcount: 34,864 / 101 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.8
LoC Category: SK
Downloads: 733
Added to site: 2008.01.22
mnybks.net#: 19809
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Nature
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broken into in his absence. The next week, when I passed that way, the nuts were all gone but two. I saw the squirrel that doubtless laid claim to them, on each occasion.

There is one thing the red squirrel knows unerringly that I do not (there are probably several other things); that is, on which side of the butternut the meat lies. He always gnaws through the shell so as to strike the kernel broadside, and thus easily extract it; while to my eyes there is no external mark or indication, in the form or appearance of the nut, as there is in the hickory-nut, by which I can tell whether the edge or the side of the meat is toward me. But examine any number of nuts that the squirrels have rifled, and, as a rule, you will find they always drill through the shell at the one spot where the meat will be most exposed. Occasionally one makes a mistake, but not often. It stands them in hand to know, and they do know. Doubtless, if butternuts were a main source of my food, and I were compelled to gnaw into them, I

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