A fun-loving squirrel who loves to dress up in an array of nutty hats has become a star attraction at a US university.
Sneezy the squirrel’s popularity has soared after the animal struck up an unlikely friendship with animal-loving student Mary Krupa at Penn State University in Pennsylvania. A bond that began over a packet of shared nuts quickly blossomed, with the 18-year-old undergraduate soon feeling confident enough to dress Sneezy in a range of assorted homemade hats.
‘One day I was sitting under a tree and some kids nearby were feeding a group of squirrels and they weren’t running away – so I decided to try the same thing,’ she explained. ‘They got friendlier and friendlier, particularly Sneezy, but I honestly don’t know what inspired me to put hats on her – I just wanted to see what I could do as it was funny. ‘I had a tiny doll hat with me and tried it. Amazingly she sat there with it on long enough for me to take a picture. It was so cute.’
Sneezy is now proving a hit online as well as with students, while Ms Krupa has become known on campus as the ‘Squirrel Whisperer’. ‘We have had lots of positive reaction so far – everyone in town and on campus loves it and we have received over 6,000 likes on our Facebook page,’ she added. ‘In total I have probably made and photographed a few more than 20 hats and plan to keep on going as long as Sneezy is enjoying it too.’