How Did I Get Here?

Squirrel outside my 6th floor window, 4 May 2023 (photo by Kate St. John)

8 May 2023

I live on the 6th floor of a high rise so I was startled to glance out the kitchen window last Thursday and see the back end of a squirrel. I know squirrels can climb but this one had to scale a brick wall, climbing more than 60 feet without the help of anything. No exterior fire escapes. No nearby trees. Nothing but bricks and window ledges.

The wall the squirrel had to climb, 5 May 2023 (photo by Kate St. John)

When I saw him on my windowsill he was looking in the direction of a bird feeder more than 100 feet away on the building next door. City squirrels walk wires to cross the street so maybe he thought he’d find a wire connecting the buildings. No such thing.

He contemplated his exit. “How did I get here? How do I get back?”

Squirrel contemplates getting down from here, 4 May 2023 (photo by Kate St. John)

He must have figured it out. He was gone the next time I looked.

p.s. Thank you to Chris Zurawsky for pointing out my Power of Ten problem. Indeed the squirrel was 60 feet up, not 600 feet as I originally wrote.

(photos by Kate St. John)

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