For those lucky enough to have a backyard, this past year of isolation and social distancing proved an ideal time to get to know one’s home environment better. For me, the pandemic was the first time when I was home for an entire year, and I got to experience the entire life cycle of my garden on a day by day basis. For some this would be enough of a silver lining, but not so for former Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Mark Rober. Fed up with squirrels stealing from his bird feeder, he created an elaborate obstacle course to thwart them, only to end up completely charmed by their cleverness and acrobatic abilities.
As the pandemic dragged on, Rober took things a step further, building a second obstacle course themed around an Ocean’s 11/Mission Impossible style heist. And, no surprise, his backyard denizens were up to the task. Squirrels really are remarkable creatures, and as with the first video, the lesson here is not to take your surroundings for granted, as there are wonders to be found everywhere.