Squirrels Pose Like Tiny Superheroes Ready To Take on Big Battles

Squirrels are amazing creatures. Agile, cunning, and smart, they can make leaps and bounds with great ease. So, it’s no surprise that they sometimes pose just like superheroes. As many photos have captured, these nimble rodents look like they just made a landing akin to Captain America. In each pose, they have a determined look in their eye and one arm pulled back as if they are ready to fight in a giant battle against an unworthy adversary.

Many of these squirrel photos have gone viral, and people are sharing them with the comment that this is how the creatures land on the ground. And while this would certainly be legendary, the fact is that squirrels don’t land this way. The pictures are actually of them scratching their armpits (like you’d see a cat or dog do with their hind legs). Wildlife photographer and zoologist Dani Connor Wild was the one to reveal this fact by sharing a video of a baby squirrel striking the pose and getting in a good scratch.

If you want a fascinating analysis of how the rodents move, former NASA engineer Mark Rober has created an informative and fun video that showcases an epic squirrel obstacle course and dissects the physics of their jumping.

Even though we know the true nature of these images, it's still fun to imagine the furry little forest friends leading a superheroic life. Scroll down to see squirrels looking fierce and how some folks have creatively Photoshopped them into all sorts of situations, from becoming another Marvel character to mopping the floor.

Squirrels are incredible creatures with amazing acrobatic abilities; and they even look like superheroes sometimes!

Squirrels doing superhero landings is my spirit animal from r/aww

Squirrel Superhero Landing

While many people think that this is how squirrels land, this pose is actually how they scratch their armpits.

But regardless of why they make that pose, folks on the internet have Photoshopped the squirrels into all sorts of creative situations.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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