Former NASA Engineer Devises an Epic Obstacle Course to Challenge His Backyard Squirrels

Squirrel Obstacle Course by Mark Rober

When YouTuber Mark Rober was stuck in quarantine, he decided to start birdwatching. After buying a bird feeder, however, he discovered that the squirrels got into his “squirrel-proof feeder,” so he bought another model—only for it to be pilfered by the rodents yet again. (And then again.) That's when the former NASA engineer decided to put his expertise to use. Rober designed and built an epic obstacle course in his backyard in an attempt to “get revenge” and challenge the cute and cunning creatures.

Featuring string bridges, a “maze of a thousand corridors’, “pitchfork tumblers” (inspired by the TV game show Wipe Out), and more tricky challenges, Rober’s 8-part obstacle course looks difficult for even the nimblest of creatures. However, the engineer admits that he underestimated the intelligence and agility of his local squirrels.

Rober secretly filmed each contender playfully navigating their way through each obstacle. He even named each squirrel—“clever” Rick, “spooks-easily” Marty, “brave-but-dumb” Frank, and “charming” Phat Gus (who later turned out to be a pregnant female squirrel). Each courageous critter is captured trying, failing, and eventually mastering the fun run.

Of all of the challenges the squirrels had to face, the most humorous is one that occurred near the finish line. Called the “Tourist Trap,” it featured a hand-painted cowboy character on a board that the squirrels are encouraged to stick their head through for a picture (just like the photo ops at carnivals). From there, it wasn't long until they received their prize—a tasty supply of walnuts!

Watch Rober’s video below to see exactly how each squirrel attempted his obstacle course.

Former NASA engineer and current YouTuber Mark Rober built an epic obstacle course in his backyard to test his local squirrels.

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h/t: [Mashable]

All images via Mark Rober.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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