Squirrel invaders at King's rez behave better than students?
By Eric Johanssen
Crazy party animals at King’s College aren’t the
only form of wildlife running around residences these days.
According to a number of residents on the basement floor of
the Alumni Court residence at King’s, the past few days
have been graced by a number of surprise visits from squirrels
Paula Perri, a first-year social science student, said she
believes the visits were due in part to an excessive amount
of heat coming from the rooms. “It’s so hot, residents
need to [keep their windows open],” Perri said, adding
the squirrels came in through the open windows.
The squirrels may also have become humanized within the community,
possibly because they are being fed, Perri noted. “In
Hamilton, the squirrels will dart the other way if you go near
them; at King’s, they’re not afraid of anything,
and it’s really annoying.”
Stephanie Horak, a first-year general arts student at King’s,
has had the closest encounter with the little critters. “I
walked into my room on Sunday and found a squirrel sitting
under my desk. It ran out through a hole it had chewed into
the [window] screen,” she said, adding the hole was later
repaired with duct tape.
Horak said that later that night, her roommate awoke to find
another squirrel (and thankfully, not the naked masturbator)
sitting at her bedside. The squirrel had chewed a hole into
the duct tape in order to enter the room.
“[The squirrels are] probably the best behaved residents
on campus,” said Michael O’Sullivan, executive director
of the Humane Society of Canada.
O’Sullivan attributed the recent visits to the squirrels’ need
for food and shelter at this time of year. “We will always
have wildlife with us; [the squirrels] were here before us
and we need to learn to co-exist with them as peacefully as
possible — you can’t just wave a magic wand and
get rid of all the wildlife,” he said.
Maria Vettese, a residence advisor on the floor, said steps
have been taken to contact appropriate technicians to deal
with the problem of excessive heat in the rooms. “[The
reason for the visits] is because it’s warm [in the rooms]
and people have food,” she said.
Despite the recent invasions by the furry little friends,
residents have not become discouraged. “We still love
King’s [and] we’ll stay,” Horak proclaimed.