Grey squirrels have been up to their tricks again! This time in Evesham, birthplace of Alistair McGowan, an English impressionist and ambassador to WWF-UK. Alistair campaigns on a number of environmental issues and is a patron of the charity Trees for Cities.
It was a case of the ‘O doubling eye’ at the Honeybourne Railway Club, where a drunk squirrel caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage at a private members club when it turned on a beer tap and knocked over glasses and beer bottles. Sam Boulter, 62, thought the bar in Evesham, Worcestershire, had been ransacked by burglars when he opened up on Sunday evening. He was stunned when a squirrel emerged from a box of crisps ‘staggering around’. It had managed to empty an entire barrel of Caffreys ale on the floor, knocked bottles and glasses from shelves and tossed beer mats, straws and money from the bar.
Mr Boulter and two customers spent an hour trying to capture the rodent as he scampered around, but he was finally cornered after making a dash for the men’s toilets. He said: ‘When I opened the door it was absolutely ransacked. At first I thought we’d been burgled but I realised it was all still locked up and that’s when we saw the squirrel. I’d never seen anything like it before – he had ran around the shelves and across the bar. There were bottles scattered around, money scattered around and he had obviously run across the bar’s pumps and managed to turn on the Caffrey’s tap. He must have flung himself on the handle and drank some as he was staggering around all over the place and moving a bit slowly. I’ve never seen a drunk squirrel before. He looked a bit worse for wear.’
He caught it inside a waster paper bin and threw the animal out the toilet window, after it caused around £300 worth of damage but Mr Boulter put it down to a ‘once in a lifetime thing’. The club – which has a sign stating no dogs or other pets – has now been cleaned up and Mr Boulter joked the squirrel has since been barred from the premises.
Grey squirrels feature in The Earth Emperor’s Eye, including Ratatoskr from Norse myhology who runs up and down the World Tree delivering messages. In the tale Ratatoskr has a message about the state of our planet, ‘The time for talking is over’.