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This squirrel was one tough nut

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Jefs, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. Jefs

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    I usually ride a road bike on major roads (majority with bike lanes), but recently I've been riding a 3 mile loop on my fitness bike (flat bars, upright geometry) through a residential area with squirrels darting to and fro across the roads. Today, I hit one with both wheels going 20mph+ - a solid hit, bump bump. Ahh, dang, shoot.... I look back expecting to see the damage, but I see the squirrel scamper across the road at full speed. I couldn't believe it. I'm 175lbs, my bike is probably 22lbs, he was hit twice, and he just trucked on like nothing happened. Wow. Cool. Dang.
     
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  2. frank4570

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    They are EXTREMELY durable little guys. The exact opposite of rabbits.
     

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    Yeah, there were two big hits. I couldn't believe it.
     
  4. Diesel_Bomber

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    He almost certainly scampered off the road and died not far away.
     
  5. Jefs

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    I don't know. He was kicking it pretty good last I saw. My bet is on him.
     
  6. TSAX

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    Watch the squirrel go airborne at the 0:14 mark

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    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

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    Yup. Most likely internal injuries, and he bled out.
     
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    You guys dashed my high hopes for the squirrel, so I guess it's back to the major roadways where I'm the one at peril :supergrin:
     
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    THE SQUIRREL you hit is dead .
     
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    Do you eat meat? :dunno:
     
  11. Jefs

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    I shot enough neighborhood squirrel with my trusty Crossman 760 pump when I was a kid, but that was intentional. Never fried them up, though.
     
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    The Crossman pump guns were lots of fun.

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    They can run off after being shot, so the bicycle encounter isn't all that surprising. It could also recover, though. Deer have survived being shot countless times. I'd think a squirrel could do the same thing with a bicycle injury.

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    squirrels weak points are spine and center body , if he ran over it with both tires , the squirrel is prolly dead and paralyzed . they are built like birds , they have to be to have the agility in the trees . the strongest part of a gray squirrel is head and jaw . the rest is very fragile . im sure its dead

    i worked with alot of wildlife .
     
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    Yeah, I'm hoping he made it. I'm still amazed he scurried off right after I hit him twice. Yikes.
     
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    You should have stopped, picked up on his spoor, tracked him down dispatched him, and had squirrel for dinner.
     
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    Roger Goose, I'm going to guns...
     
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    Yeah, I understand. I only said that because he said it took off pretty quickly, so I figured it wasn't paralyzed. But you're probably right. May have burst the bowels, stomach, or other organs, which would eventually be fatal.

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    ZOMBIE SQUIRREL!:wow:
     
  20. MARKDANIEL

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    I seen a squirrel on the highway go between the duallys on a straight truck and run away. Luckey squirrel.