On a mid-August bike ride to work, the traffic was light. So I couldn’t help but notice the squirrel that paused at the curb, then took off like an Olympic sprinter and crossed the street right in front of me. When he reached the other side, he ambled across the sidewalk and into the front yard of the nearest house.
How do squirrels learn that they need to hustle when they cross a street? Do their mothers dread the first time that their offspring cross the street on their own like I did? Do they teach them about cars?
Do squirrel mothers worry when their offspring leave home and forever after?