Okay, so the strange video above shows a black squirrel nicknamed “Tippy” repeatedly conking out while going about his business looking for buried nuts, or whatever the hell those rodents do while not in trees. This does not mean it’s a slow news day for NMR. Repeat: not a slow news day. Check here, here, here, here and here for evidence. And here and here. And here. And that ain’t even the half of it. Clearly, this stuff is our lifeblood.
Contemplated one reddit user: “I’ve seen squirrels nibble on pumpkins and stuff left out around this time of year “and when they eat some that have been fermenting a while, they seem to get drunk and act like this.”
Yet others, overwhelmingly concerned about the welfare of Tippy (cause who doesn’t love to care for a squirrel that will never ask you to really commit anything) went on to wonder more dire thoughts:
Looks like orthostatic hypotension (low blood pressure when upright), probably caused by an ingested toxin. You can see how it faints when it stands up. I’m thinking its little squirrel heart isn’t able to fight gravity and get proper bloodflow to the brain. Once it goes down, the heart isn’t working against gravity as much and can get blood to the brain. So it goes up and falls down over and over. Little guy should be fine once the toxin gets out of its system, assuming it didn’t get a lethal dose?