Over the last several weeks this Fox Squirrel has shown an unusual interest in the cow skull mounted at the top of this structure. On several occasions we have caught the squirrel near the skull, only to have him quickly flee as we approached. Each time we would examine the skull looking for an explanation for the squirrel’s behavior, but no explanation was obvious.

With this series of photographs, the squirrel’s attraction to the cow skull is finally revealed.

Over the last several weeks this Fox Squirrel has shown an unusual interest in the cow skull mounted at the top of this building. On several occasions we have caught the squirrel in or around the skull, only to have him quickly flee as we approached. Each time we would examine the skull looking for an explanation for the squirrel's behavior, but no explanation was obvious.
Over the last several weeks this Fox Squirrel has shown an unusual interest in the cow skull mounted at the top of this building. On several occasions we have caught the squirrel in or around the skull, only to have him quickly flee as we approached. Each time we would examine the skull looking for an explanation for the squirrel’s behavior, but no explanation was obvious.
This time the squirrel allowed us to watch his activities.
This time the squirrel allowed us to watch his activities.
Why is the Fox Squirrel so interested in this old cow skull?
Why is the Fox Squirrel so interested in this old cow skull?
As we watched the Fox Squirrel began to gnaw on a ridge of bone near the back of the cow skull.
As we watched the Fox Squirrel began to gnaw on a ridge of bone near the back of the cow skull.
After just a few moments the squirrel stopped gnawing on the skull, and backed away.
After just a few moments the squirrel stopped gnawing on the skull, and backed away.
But, he quickly returned to investigating another part of the cow skull.
But, he quickly returned to investigating another part of the cow skull.
After finding a suitable spot the Fox Squirrel began gnawing the bone once more. So, why is the squirrel gnawing the cow skull? It is possible that the Fox Squirrel is after the minerals contained in the old bone. Another explanation may be that the squirrel is simply chewing the bone for no other reason than because rodents have a penchant for gnawing on things. Perhaps the old skull has a texture the squirrel enjoys.
After finding a suitable spot the Fox Squirrel began gnawing the bone once more. So, why is the squirrel gnawing the cow skull? It is possible that the Fox Squirrel is after the minerals contained in the old bone. Another explanation may be that the squirrel is simply chewing the bone for no other reason than because rodents have a penchant for gnawing on things. Perhaps the old skull has a texture the squirrel enjoys.