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Published on June 17th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Squirrels Conquer and Destroy!

I fear that in years to come this image will replace the Rorschach Test.

On the one hand one possible reaction to it would be of complete and total love. Clicking into the Metro the viewer would email it, Google it, slide it into picture frames in front of snaps of their children and celebrate in the unbridled joy of cute little animals doing cute little things.

On the other (more likely to be bitten) hand, it’s an image generating enough hatred to make others put aside the misery in the world like Syrian refugees forced to flee from the Assad regime or the violent protests in Greece following the slump in the markets and force the populace to thrust their arms aloft and just yell: “What’s going on!”

Fear a mass outbreak of Marvin Gaye-isms and rejoice in the great dividing rode that is: a Dalek Shaped Bird Feeder Being Worn By A Squirrel.

Look at it.

What’s going on?

It’s just a toy on a string filled with nuts being molested by a hungry Squirrel! I’d be more impressed if the Squirrel took the helmet off and said: ‘Well actually I prefer Sapphire & Steel’ or got a little stool out and started reading a passage from his collected works of poetry entitled An Ode to Nuts.

Want to hear the story behind the picture?

Its ‘creator’ Chris Balcombe even admits he just used a Dalek because he wanted to clear his shelves of his old sci-fi junk.

Hats off to him for recycling in an innovative way but is this really a news item or just a picture that speaks about 182 words rather than the customary thousand – with about 170 of those devoted to some ‘hilarious’ Squirrel-Dalek hybrid gag’s from the unfortunate Work Experience Ganger who got given this to jam into a word sandwich.

Its enough to make you go nuts…

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About the Author

Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




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