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Matthew Chatfield
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Of little interest to The Ranger, safe on his Island fastness with no grey squirrels (and plenty of red ones), this American invention will no doubt be much in demand when it is introduced in the UK.

The manufacturer’s website claims:

Hilariously funny! Amazingly effective! Squirrel’s weight on feeder activates a motor which gently twirls him off!

Needless to say, the weight of the little birdies does not have the same effect. And it is rather funny. The video illustrates it very well – with the added “attraction” of some cod Beach Boys harmonies. And if you want to buy one, don’t ask The Ranger. He doesn’t have any. Ask the makers.

(First published 2007, updated 2014 with corrected links)

Matthew Chatfield

Uncooperative crusty. Unofficial Isle of Wight cultural ambassador. Conservation, countryside and the environment, with extra stuff about spiders.

4 thoughts on “Twirl-a-squirrel

  • The Ranger

    @WightHot says that, in English, this should be called ‘Twizzle a Squizzle’

  • Diane Ottawa

    I MUST have one of the Squirrel spinners. What a fantastic idea. I really could do with one as my ingenious tiny Chipmunk has come up with a circus act. Chippers hops up onto the arm of my patio chair, leaps without fear to the feeder (sometimes I kill myself laughing as he hangs precariously until a proper paw hold is made) He then, as a chipmunk is know to do stuffs his cheeks with seed before he does a reverse trip. How clever, and how bloodly annoying as the bird seed goes flying. So, yes a spinner would do the trick. I wonder if it would deter the Grackles as well.

  • We’ve been looking for new attractions for our countrypark – must get some!!

  • Ruth D'Alessandro

    I was ready to laugh heartily at this invention. NOW I WANT ONE!!!!!


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