Hi, Mr. Nature here again.
Have you ever wondered how squirrels can know how to build their nests, way up there in the treetops? I mean, I doubt the mother squirrel actually teaches them.
Well, today I found out.
I saw a young squirrel climbing up a maple tree with a twig in her mouth. What was she up to? She was building a nest in a crotch formed by three main branches–nice location, plenty of support.
A moment later, the whole kit and kaboodle fell apart and a mass of little twigs and leaves rained down to the ground. And as I write this, the squirrel is collecting more twigs and preparing to start over.
So that’s how they learn to build nests–by trial and error (in this case, rather a large error). As the saying goes, experience is a good school, but the tuition is high. Still, there she is, trying again. A human being would have just sat down and cried. But the squirrel only goes back to work, and she’ll keep at it until she gets it right.
And the next time she has to build a nest, she’ll do a better job.
The lesson to be learned is too obvious to need to be said.