It's Slinky, it's Slinky, it's fun for a girl and a boy... but not for a squirrel, as a passel of furry Kentucky seed-stealers found out the hard way.
Like many of us, Jan Siems Catron of Owensboro, Kentucky enjoys watching wild birds congregate around her backyard bird feeder. She also shares the frustration many of us feel when neighborhood squirrels descend upon our seed-dispensers, hogging the birdseed and scaring off the birds. Outsmarting the ravenous rodents isn't easy but Catron's solution proves hope – among other things – springs eternal.
Catron estimated up to seven squirrels had made her backyard bird feeder their bottomless buffet... literally bottomless, as the critters' sharp teeth had gnawed a hole right through the base of the feeder! "If I put seed in the feeder, the squirrels always come out,” explained Catron to KABC-TV news. “I have tried several different types of squirrel-proof bird feeders and none have worked,” she added. While out shopping with her daughter for holiday gifts, however, Catron noticed a Slinky... and got a brainstorm.
She suspended the Slinky from the base of the feeder, letting it hang down over the outside of the feeder's support pole. Squirrels climbing up the pole run into the Slinky, which stops 'em cold. As you can see in the video above (posted by YouTube member spikelevi63), a potential seed thief will either try pushing the coils up the pole, attempt to crawl inside the coils, or try climbing over the coils... and fail miserably, each and every time. Best of all, the passive Slinky doesn't hurt the schools – at least, not physically. No doubt their pride takes a hit, though.
Catron posted her video of one such Slinky-challenged squirrel and you can watch it at her Facebook page where it's racked up more than 35 million views. That's just... nuts!