I realize that animals like to/need to chew on bones. In some cases, it helps to grind down rodent teeth that are constantly growing; and in many cases, the bones provide nutrients. However it’s still weird to see a squirrel carrying a bone around the yard when my brain is socialized to say that only dogs do that.
One summer, the squirrel and I played hide and seek with a vertebrae. Where he found a large vertebrae, I probably don’t want to know. However he kept burying it in my flower pots. I would unearth it, put it back in the yard, and wait to see where it ended up next. We did this for several days until the squirrel either buried it too well for me to find or relocated it to someone else’s yard.
With the squirrel’s enthusiasm for bones in mind, I brought him a treat from my walk in the woods. Could be the bone of a deer, pig, horse, or something else entirely. I set up the game camera to get his reaction.
Day one, it was love at first bone.
The bone has been out on the patio for several days and has only been moved once. I found it around the side of the house.
Other backyard visitors have checked it out, but none have been as excited as the squirrel.
I’ll leave the bone there for now and see if it ends up in a flower pot. It’s a simple thing to make a squirrel happy.