Honoring Amazing Squirrels on Their Day

PHOTO: In this file photo, Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel is pictured on "Late Show with David Letterman" in New York City on Nov. 29, 2004. James Devaney/Getty Images
In this file photo, Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel is pictured on "Late Show with David Letterman" in New York City on Nov. 29, 2004.

intro: Today we take a moment to honor our familiar neighbor from the outdoors, the squirrel. Why? It's National Squirrel Appreciation Day. The following videos prove that the medium-sized rodents' skills go beyond climbing trees. (Click each title to see video on mobile devices.)

quicklist: 1 category: title: Bulletproof Squirrel url: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/bulletproof-squirrel-outdoor-survivor-20182601 text: A squirrel in Louisiana still manages to climb trees and gather nuts after taking a bullet in the arm.

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quicklist: 2 category: title: Death-Defying Squirrel url: http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/rampaging-squirrel-makes-dramatic-escape-17319702 text: Finding a squirrel in your apartment is one thing, but watching that same squirrel leap through your window and survive a four-story fall is something else.

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quicklist: 3 category: title: Waterskiing Squirrel url: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/waterskiing-squirrel-preps-texas-show-16273610 text: Twiggy travels across America showing off aqua abilities to county fair-goers. What a wake!

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quicklist: 4 category: title: Picasso Squirrel url: http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/painting-squirrel-goes-nuts-for-art-15395860 text: All Winkelhimer Smith needs is a brush to prove her worth. Disabled after a run-in with a cat, Wink doesn't let this setback stop her from creating art, which is occasionally sold on eBay and Etsy.

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quicklist: 5 category: title: Mischief-Making Squirrel url: http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/squirrel-pulls-fire-alarm-caught-on-tape-15135988 text: Pulling a fire alarm without cause can be grounds for a misdemeanor charge, but we're pretty sure that this squirrel never had to face the law.

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quicklist: 6 category: title: Superfan Squirrel url: http://abcnews.go.com/WNN/video/squirrel--14679600 text: A squirrel darted across home plate during a 2011 Cardinals-Phillies game, but this interruption wasn't the first by a non-human. MLB games have been held up by everything from gnats to black cats through the years. Maybe it's time to expand the draft?

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quicklist: 7 category: title: Stealing Squirrel url: http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/squirrels-attack-13583386 text: In 2007, ABC's Dan Harris learned that bringing greasy treats to a park will attract unwanted visitors. His cheeseburger and french fries never stood a chance against a certain squirrel with an appetite for fast food.

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