Squirrels Solve Pillar Obstacle Course To Get At Nuts

November 13, 2018

This is a clip from A Squirrel's Guide to Success on PBS of a group of squirrels learning to make their way across a pillar-based obstacles course to get at some delicious hazelnuts. The obstacle course's creators believed that the squirrels would learn from trial-and-error to avoid the red, springy pads and eventually only use the stationary blue ones to reach the nuts. That was not the case. Instead, the squirrels learned to speed across the red pads with a single leap and use two steps on the blue ones in between to restabilize themselves. Fascinating. Of course an even easier way to solve this obstacle (and the way I deal with most obstacles in life), is to convince yourself the nuts aren't worth it and go take a nap in a tree.

Keep going for the whole video.

Thanks to IM Patty, for informing me the video includes the line, "Driven on by their desire for nuts..." at 1:50. Valuable info, consider it internalized.

  • The_Wretched

    1. Super Mario for squirrels. Just admit it.
    2. Could the squirrels even jump the distance of all the blue ones?
    3. especially since the disks are slippery as all hell?
    4. Can squirrels see red/blue?
    5. Half the time they just landed in the middle of the blue ones as well.
    6. looks like trial and error path learning, not rational planning.
    7. Do we know the filmer didn't fap? I doubt he could resist. Seems like that type.

  • bakuryu

    Looks like newest nintendo game use ray tracing. Nice, but I prefer antropomorphic avatar.

  • bakuryu

    Like me playing platform games: if I see you can do it jumping across a path that's not the one intended, I have to do it (and die a lot more times).

  • spikedeclue

    Super Meat Boy is one of the best for this.

  • GeneralDisorder

    They should have one black platform that fires upward with enough force to send the little fuckers flying into space.

  • Tigerh8r
  • GeneralDisorder

    Close... But more power!


  • Homestar

    Or perhaps like this:


  • Doog

    It's like American Ninja Warrior for squirrels

  • Closet Nerd

    "You're gonna love my nuts!"

  • Eric Ord


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