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Mike wrote at 2006-10-01 23:51:27
I was actually searching the net because I came across the same instance this weekend.  My wife and I were working in the yard and a squirrel ran past with another squirrel in its mouth.  The squirrel proceeded to climb a tree where I lost site of it.

This was a grey squirrel as well.


Laytonsville, Maryland wrote at 2006-12-01 17:56:08
Hi. Regarding squirrels eating other squirrels:  

While in Columbus, Ohio, this past November, I was walking down a residential street, and to my surprise, I saw a grey squirrel eating another squirrel. It was coming down a tree with something bulky in it's mouth. When the squirrel stopped at the bottom of the tree, it started eating the squirrel it was carrying. The dead one looked like it didn't have a head. You could see the blood.  It really was an odd site.

Carol wrote at 2007-09-19 01:07:07
I beg to differ, I JUST witnessed an adult grey squirrel with a baby squirrell in its mouth.  I was prompted to go outside by the sound of a squirrell screaming... I have raised baby squirrells before for the Florida Wildlife Care center, I so I am aware of the sound.  I saw a baby squirrell on the ground, I then noticed the adult squirrell rolling it around in the ground.  I thought that it was the mother trying to pick it up. The adult then proceeded to grab the baby between its teeth and run up the fence with it in it's mouth.  When it was sitting on the fence it took the baby out of it's mouth and started to lick it's mouth and the blood off of the bloody and still screaming baby. The adult then noticed me and then took the baby up into the trees where I stood in disbelief!

observer wrote at 2007-09-21 17:26:29
On two separate occasions over the past month (here in the San Francisco area) I have observed the exact same phenomena. I am not entirely sure the dead squirrels are being consumed.

David wrote at 2007-11-15 18:46:39
Yes squirrels do in fact eat other squirrels I have seen this behavior many time in the squirrels native to California. I have never seen one kill.  Only feeding on ones that were already road kill.

i h8 all da squirrels wrote at 2008-03-28 13:45:58
i saw a video just like that only a squirrel picked up and started eating another squirrel that had been hit by a car but was STILL alive!!!!

sparker wrote at 2008-09-21 18:33:38
I was shocked to witness squirrel infanticide/cannibalism today.  

While doing a crossword on my deck, I heard a louder- than-usual squirrel commotion above.  Then one or two squirrels hit the ground after falling 25 ft from a limb. One (half grown) recovered and started crawling toward me and the deck, but was quickly met by an adult, which I had hoped was "Mom".  Instead, I watched in silent shock while the adult attacked and quickly killed the juvenile.  The sound was horrific, but the youngster very quickly succumbed to its injuries and shock.  The adult then proceeded to partially cannibalize from the abdominal area and limbs. Finally I cautiously approached (to be sure the poor baby was truly out of its misery) and the adult retreated. By that time (<5 minutes) the yellowjackets were already feeding as well.

Sad to watch through the eyes of human compassion, but this is the raw reality of nature.

SFP near Raleigh NC

Victoria wrote at 2008-10-13 19:45:22
I just wanted to add with this. I live in Pittsburgh, PA and was going for a run last week and saw a gray squirrel carrying another adult gray squirrel in its mouth. I was wondering what was going on, but after reading these responses, I'm glad I didn't stick around!

Tom wrote at 2008-10-16 14:44:23
This morning I witnessed a squirrel eat a baby bird. This squirrel is regularly fed by the local residents and there are plenty of acorns and pine cones around so it was not because of hunger. I was very surprised and did not know they were omnivorous until I saw this.

novembergirl wrote at 2009-05-16 01:51:52
I saw a squirrel eating a squirrel that had been run over on a rural road. Apparently they do eat each other if they are expired.

kt wrote at 2009-06-13 16:01:42
Are you sure it was dead? Recently a friend showed me a picture of a Squirrel carrying it's baby in its mouth. The baby looked almost the size of the adult so was more then capable of walking. It could have appeared dead in the picture if you weren't there to see it.

Chris wrote at 2009-09-08 22:49:08
Just observed an adult grey squirrel eating at the neck of an already decapitated adult grey squirrel.  Bewildered, I searched the Internet for an answer and found this thread.  I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it myself.  Now I wish I had grabbed the camera.

Jim wrote at 2010-03-26 01:06:19
I just saw this today. The squirrel carried another one across the road and up a tree. This was no baby, and it appeared to be motionless. Maybe I should keep my dog inside!

val wrote at 2010-04-06 22:31:26
i saw the same thing yesterday. I was outside fixing the baby in the car when i saw a squirrel running and it caught my attention that it looked like it had something in its mouth. At first i thought the squirrel had a goiter but then i saw another pair of squirrel legs and a body dangling on the ground, that was when i realized that it had a squirrel in its mouth, a squirrel head. I am terrified!

skidding wrote at 2010-04-16 20:09:51
I just saw the same thing the questioner described in my back yard.  I have never seen this before.  The winning squirrel carried the other squirrel up a tree and deposited it in a hollow portion.  This squirrel is now called Hannibal.  It was the strangest thing I have seen in a while.

Kim wrote at 2010-05-03 03:35:39
My husband and I live in Wisconsin and just witnessed a similar event today.  A grey squirrel was walking across our lawn with something in its mouth.  At first it looked like a large goiter, but then I saw a thin tail poking out of its mouth.  My husband thought it was carrying its baby in its mouth, but after reading this thread, maybe not.

Phil wrote at 2010-05-25 13:24:05
Oddly enough, I just witnessed the exact same thing, so I looked it up. Finding this page was somewhat alarming as I did not expect this from a furry little critter. We walked up to the squirrel and he made some odd noise, at first I had though maybe he was rabid and having small curious dogs. I wanted to check it out before I called the Pest Control which oddly is stationed just down the street.


Ontario, Canada

Sarah wrote at 2010-08-19 18:30:10
I just watched the same thing. Adult squirrel eating a baby. The head was gone and there was a lot of blood. I took pictures and the squirrel didn't seem to mind how close I got. =(

Sarah wrote at 2010-09-17 20:01:45
I witnessed a squirrel carrying another about the same size in his mouth and it seemed motionless. Then he scaled up the tree with it all the way up. A few seconds after the climbing stopped I heard a weird sound (like our moaning or screaming). So I am confused if he was mourning his mate or was celebrating his victory.

Rachel wrote at 2010-09-20 01:18:59
I just saw the same thing. It was the oddest observation. I had all of the neighborhood children running after to see what it was I was actually seeing. I googled Squirrel Eating Another Squirrel and came to this sight.

I have never seen such a thing happening between two squirrels - one inside the other's mouth.

Margaret wrote at 2010-10-02 16:08:13
I saw an adult squirrel carrying another adult live squirrel in it's mouth.  It stopped, laid the squirrel down for a minute and picked it back up.  The squirrel being carried did not appear to be in distress, just curled up and almost snuggled against the other.  Could this have been a mating ritual?  Anyway - it was disturbing.  Florida

Melissa wrote at 2010-11-02 00:50:44
Saw the same thing today in Virginia.  Thought the squirrel was carrying a large leaf; since it seemed unusual I took a closer look and found it was another squirrel being carried.  Like Margaret wrote, at one point the first squirrel seemed to put down the other squirrel and then pick him back up. No signs of distress; no blood.  First squirrel carried the 2nd one all the way up a tree on jumped onto our roof.  Last I saw them, they were at the very peak of the roof.  Meanwhile I saw another pair of squirrels chasing each other around on a neighboring tree so I was confused whether this was a mating ritual, a mom & baby squirrel, or a display of cannibalism!

vince wrote at 2010-12-06 21:44:47
we have just captured and killed 12 attic squirrels in mclean, va. we have an old house. the last two squirrels were almost totally eaten as they were dead in the rat traps we are using. i thought that they  eaten by a larger animal, but after reading the stories about grey squirrels, the same can be true of attic squirrels !.. UNBELieveable

Gareth wrote at 2011-04-30 17:39:13
I saw the same thing today on my postal duty in belfast. 1 squirrel with another in it's mouth I cornered them and it dropped the 1 in it's mouth and they both run off together! It was weird as

Carole wrote at 2011-05-03 21:08:03
I live in Bradenton, FL, and just saw a squirrel outside between my lanai screen & the hedge with another squirrel that appeared to be about the same size in its' mouth!  When the squirrel saw me it stopped, looked at me and made a weird sound, and the continued down toward the end of the lanai. I went out the door and walked around the hedge trying to get a better look but the squirrel was long gone.  Never saw anything like that and hope I never do again.  Made me very uncomfortable as I think of squirrels as such "cute little things"; this was anything but cute!

LJM wrote at 2011-05-08 04:35:29
Today I witnessed a full grown grey squirrel carrying a smaller squirrel in its mouth.  I assumed at first that it was a mother possibly moving her nest, but the smaller squirrel appeared to be motionless.  They disappeared up a tree into a hollow, from there I don't know what happened, but I'm horrified now.  

Pete in Kansas wrote at 2011-05-31 14:58:43
Yesterday in Overland Park, Kansas I saw a squirrel carrying another squirrel in its mouth. The one in the mouth looked to be about the same size and was hanging upside down with its hands and feet attached to the back side of the dominate one. I followed them about 100 yards until the sqirrel drop out of the mouth and they both ran up a tree. Maybe a male stealing a female away from its mate??

haircuts109 wrote at 2011-08-28 15:21:53
As I write this I am on my deck in MN listening to the sound of a screaming squirrel. A few minutes ago I watched a larger squirrel climb down the tree next to me with something large in its mouth. I then noticed a small tail. It's appears to be a baby because it is much smaller. The larger squirrel ran off and has been running up and down the trees with the baby in its mouth screaming. I don't think the mom is trying to kill or eat the baby but rather trying to protect it. Why there is a constant screaming or crying sound I'm not sure. However now the larger squirrel is close by and no longer has anything in its mouth. I originally thought it was the baby making the noice but it was not. The larger squirrel is in front of me and is clearly the one making the noise. The only thing I'm curious about now is what happened to the baby and why is the mother screaming as she stares at me.

Wow23wow wrote at 2013-03-02 16:46:55
We just had a junco hit the back window by the time my daughter and I could jump up to see if he was ok, a squirrel had grabbed it & killed it chewed it for a few seconds & then left it. I had no idea squirrels at birds!

Tina wrote at 2013-03-30 13:15:03
Yes..even i am amazed.One baby squirrel was stuck in my house last night.I took it and placed it in my garden.Then me and my cousins saw one adult squirrel, we supposed it to be its mother so we let it come towards the baby. We was just shocked when we saw it fighting with the baby and it would have almost killed it, when my brother rushed in to save its life. We saw blood in its lower half but thank god its alive.

Carah wrote at 2013-06-10 23:50:56
I just came across this same thing today. There are a bunch of squirrels that live in my backyard. I find them incredibly fascinating and enjoy watching them. I was sad to see that one of them had died yesterday. When I looked outside today I saw it was gone. I threw a bunch of vegetables outside for the rest of them as I normally do and started to watch them from inside. I noticed that two of them were very aggressively fighting over a large piece of something, I couldn't imagine what it was. I went outside which startled one of them to drop what it had in it's mouth. As I walked closer I saw that it was a piece of squirrel that they had been fighting over. Now I know what happened to the dead one. I was pretty disgusted by it and had no idea that they ate each other.  

Queenie's Plant Road wrote at 2013-06-13 16:29:41
Just googled and got this . I've had lots of commotion in the trees all day and squirrels are all fighting . I think the are fighting trying to protect a nest .. I'm pretty sure I saw a baby in someone's mouth. They are all freaking out today. Maybe the storms around.

Becky wrote at 2013-08-20 22:50:23
My son(21)just heard a screaming noise and came to get me. We watched as two baby squirrels were stuck in some branches in the tree below their nest. They were about 15 feet from us so we had a clear view.  An adult squirrel came down and got the first screaming baby in his mouth and ran up the tree with it.  We then were trying to decide what it was doing. Was it cleaning off blood, checking him out?  No, he was eating it!  We watched as he ripped off the baby's tail.  We moved around and it dropped the baby to the ground.  We went inside for a couple of minutes and the other baby is now gone, but the first one is still laying dead on the ground.

Jae wrote at 2015-09-16 18:04:05
I just saw this same thing. I was walking my dog behind our apartment when I saw a squirrel carrying something in his mouth. He stopped and checked us out, then ran through a hole in the fence. He stopped at the base of a tree and set the other large squirrel down. He didn't appear to be hurt or bleeding. He seemed to lick him as we watched, then the squirrel laid down, and the other carried it up the tree. No weird noises. They were both sitting on a tree branch, one on top of the other, checking my dog and I out. I even got close enough to snap a pic.  

Gloria wrote at 2016-03-13 22:53:53
We just witnessed a grey squirrel go into a black squirrels nest and steal a baby, it was horrible.  

Dana wrote at 2016-05-22 17:24:02
My husband and I were on a golf course here in So Cal yesterday and saw a brown squirrel that seemed to have a deformed face. As we got closer we released that the complete rear half of another adult squirrel was protruding from its open mouth. I screamed and covered my eyes but my husband watched as it proceeded to use its front claws to keep turning and shoving the other animal into its mouth, chewing it. We are both horrified and disturbed. We thought nobody would believe such a thing, but I see now that it happens!  


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