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Today I was driving down the road. This type of event happens almost daily around the island where I live. I know that it isn’t limited to this area because I have seen it elsewhere as well.
Why do squirrels and chipmunks decide to cross the street just when I am driving by? Why do they turn around and try to go back instead of just crossing? Why do they do it several times before I almost run over them?
Are they like dogs who chase cars and bite at the tires? Are they trying to bite my car tires?
As I pass the spot where the squirrel has changed his direction several times before I pass and I look in my rear view mirror cringing. Did I run over the insane critter? Most of the time the answer is no. Does he just sit under the middle of the car as I pass and then race off to the side?
What is the explanation? Well, many websites posit many answers while others admit that they haven’t a clue. I still haven’t a clue. I strongly suspect these are teen-aged squirrels and there is a buddy in the bushes at the side of the road and they are playing a game of chicken!