THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE: A Pictorial Of Two Squirrels Caught In An Epic Battle Over The Same Peanut

February 12, 2013


Because why work for your own nut when you can steal somebody else's, these are six pictures captured by photographer Andre Morozov documenting the battle between two squirrels over the same peanut in Ontario's Royal Botanical Garden. Who wins? SPOILER: The greyish-brown one. Personally, I couldn't have sat there and watched these little guys go at it without stopping them. This reminds me of that story from vacation bible school about how King Solomon told those two ladies who were both claiming that a baby was theirs that he would just cut the baby in half and they could each have a piece then the one lady was all "No no no, I'd rather the baby live", thus revealing herself as the true, caring mother. It's kind of terrifying how the other lady was willing to accept half a baby. Those are like, some pretty piss-poor maternal instincts (not to mention the fact she was trying to steal the other lady's baby in the first place because she rolled over and smothered her own in her sleep!). Still, I would have tried working something similar with these squirrels. I'd be all, "Now listen squirrels: what if I cut the nut...IN HALF?!" Then one would bite me and I'd chase them both up trees and eat the peanut myself. IT DIDN'T HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS, YOU KNOW.

Thanks to lilco, who agrees that caring means sharing. Or is it sharing means caring? Friendship -- that's the real lesson here.

  • JJtoob

    Aw c'mon photographer, at least provide low res pictures for blogs to display!

  • asdfasdfasdf

    awww, the aritle's rubbish without pics lol.

  • Alf in pog form

    I'll wager 20 quatloo's on the newcomer.

  • Elak Swindell

    Photos only? Where's the video? This looks like an awesome fight.

  • Lee

    Looks like the red one is crying in the last pic, think it was his to begin with.

    -- And really no one else has commented about the 2nd peanut to the right??!!

  • Vance

    No he is screaming sparta as he kicks the other one off of the log.

  • Bob Thayer

    1. They're both red squirrels.
    2. Squirrels are generally greedy.

  • Idlethoughts

    From my experience, red squirrels in general are the craziest/greediest kinds of squirrels.
    Even if you throw rocks at them or something, they'll go back to trying to take your food as soon as they realize your not actually hitting them.

  • Lee

    The redder one?

  • Ed

    It's winner take all!!

  • Closet Nerd

    The 2nd to last video looks like they're dancing to
    "Shiva Shivakamini, Shivakamini Somakandarkram....... Shiva Shivakamini, Shivakamini Somakandarkram"
    ...... just sayin

  • The perfect soundtrack for this:

  • Lindsay

    Do want video.

  • This whole thing played out to "O Fortuna" in my head.

  • you mean "Carmina Burana"

  • Bob Thayer

    Carmina Burana is the name of the entire collection. O Fortuna is the first song in that collection. Also, I imagine it's the ever popular Orff piece being referenced.

    "Between 1935 and 1936, German composer Carl Orff composed music, also called Carmina Burana, for 24 of the poems. The single song "O Fortuna" (the Roman goddess of luck and fate), from the movement "Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi", is often played or excerpted in many settings such as films."

    (Source: Wikipedia, and my roughly 15 years of Classical music study/appreciation)

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