A video of a squirrel that got drunk off fermented pears is blowing up on the internet.
Katy Morlak, who lives in the Minneapolis area, captured the scene last week at her backyard feeder. The tipsy squirrel stands on its hind legs and leans back slowly as if in a drunken stupor. Twice the animal catches itself on the brink of falling off the feeder (which is, yes, a picnic table sized for a squirrel).
“The old pears I left out for the squirrels had apparently fermented,” Morlok wrote in a description with the one-minute YouTube video. “Whoops!”
Morlok, who titled the video “Drunk squirrel, because … 2020,” said that the squirrel, whom she has named Lil Red, returned to the feeder the next morning and appeared fine.
The video has been viewed on Morlok’s page more than 1 million times, and the story has been covered nationally and even by British media outlets.
YouTube comments have been mostly positive and sarcastic, with many people saying they can relate to the squirrel.
“Been there, done that,” one YouTube viewer commented.
“Wait — do we look that silly when we’re loaded?” another asked.
This isn’t Morlok’s first video of an animal that has gone viral. Morlok has a mini pig named Hamlet and videos of the family pet have racked up more than 15 million views on YouTube. A 2011 video of the squealing pig being coaxed down a flight of stairs with oatmeal has been seen more than 7 million times.
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