VIDEO: Squirrels take over park in Mobile

All About Animals

POSTED: Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 11:04am

Squirrels are over-running a park in downtown Mobile, Alabama.

There are hundreds of squirrels scurrying and scampering about, and if you have food.

So I got a bag of peanuts just to see how friendly these squirrels really are and as you can see, they are all over me. Jumping on my legs and eating the peanuts right out of my hands.

These squirrels aren't just waiting to be fed. They are taking the food.

"The squirrels are overwhelming and they're definitely not shy," said Mobile resident Nicole McCaffrey.

Nicole and her daughter visit the park a couple times a month.

While her daughter prefers to chase the squirrels, I found one couple making a pit stop to capture the moment.

"We are going to Florida for vacation. We stopped in specifically just for this purpose,” said Mississippi resident Britt Langheld.

"Astonishing. Absolutely astonishing. It's intimidating at least a little bit," Langheld said.

It’s important to note if you hand feed the squirrels, there's a chance you could get nipped.

My photographer was bitten, and so was I. the bite broke my skin and I was concerned.

But after consulting a vet, my fears were settled, a little.

"If you look them up online the potential diseases that they can carry are scary, but as a practical matter, no. About the worse you could expect is ringworm," explained John Bentley, of Bel-Air Veterinary Hospital.

Good news to know, if you plan on feeding these furry friends anytime soon.

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