A video featuring a squirrel named Wally unsuccessfully trying to burrow a nut inside a very patient Bernese mountain dog's fur has gone viral.

Food-caching is a system of hoarding common to a number of species in the animal kingdom, though squirrels are probably some of the better-known creatures to practice it

 verb ( squirrels, squirreling , squirreled )

1 [ with obj. ] (squirrel something away) hide money or something of value in a safe place: the money was squirreled away in foreign bank accounts.

In nature, one of the consequences of food caching is seed dispersal. If a hidden nut or seed is forgotten about by the animal that stashed it, it has a chance to germinate and grow.

For squirrels in captivity (especially ones that attempt to hide their food in the fur of other animals), I'd imagine the seed-dispersing benefits of caching are more or less lost – though the secondary effect of cuteness overload is clearly augmented considerably.


Responses to "A squirrel attempts to hide a nut in the fur of a Bernese mountain dog (Video)"

  1. major cute attack in progress..

    thank you for sharing :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is adorable. The dog has so much patience.

  3. Unknown says:

    What a sweet and patient dog! It's totally cute!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    You can see this dog thinking... "hum, like what are you doing?. what just happened? You're not going to get anywhere with that nut you know." So funny, talk about an odd couple if ever there was one.

  5. pilvikki says:

    now that is a GOOD dog! all hail the Dog! :)

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