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Squirrel Crashes Pictures Pop Up Everywhere

The squirrel that crashed the family picture in Banff National Park, Canada, appears to have made a habit of this, showing up in a number of famous photographs of history.


Photo of squirrel crashing Banff picture by Melissa Brandts

It all started when Melissa Brandts and her husband were hiking in Banff and decided to take a portrait of themselves with spectacular Lake Minnewanka in the background, writes Marilyn Terrell on the Intelligent Travel blog.

“Melissa set up the camera’s timer and went back to pose,” Terrell writes.

“Meanwhile, attracted by the ticking timer, a Columbian ground squirrel, common in the park, popped up to investigate. Click! ‘Self-Portrait With Ground Squirrel’ was born.”

Melissa Brandts sent the photo to National Geographic magazine’s Your Shot, and photo editor Susan Welchman chose it for her Daily Dozen gallery.

But that was not the end of it. “Nuts,” the scene-stealing squirrel, seems to have made a habit of this. Take a look at some of the pictures found in photography archives:


Photo of squirrel crashing Peary’s grand moment at the North Pole


Squirrel crashes picture of the official coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.


Squirrel crashes first flight of the flying machine built by the Wright brothers


Squirrel crashes picture of General MacArthur wading ashore with his army in the Philippines during World War II.


Squirrel crashes Yalta conference during World War II.


Squirrel crashes picture of President Clinton in North Korea courtesy urlesque 


Squirrel crashes Last Supper courtesy warrenkinsella


Squirrel crashes picture of moon landing


Squirrel crashes Presidential press conferences


Squirrel crashes the Presidential salute

National Geographic Weekend Squirrel Photo Interview

Banff Crasher Squirrel: The Movie on YouTube


The Banff Lunar Squirrel!,” sent in by astronengine


Forty years in U.S., UK, and South African media gives David Braun global perspective and experience across multiple storytelling platforms. His coverage of science, nature, politics, and technology has been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, NPR, AP, UPI, National Geographic, TechWeb, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and Argus South African Newspapers. He has published two books and won several journalism awards. He has 120,000 followers on social media. David Braun edits the National Geographic Society blog, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society's mission and initiatives. He also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to Americans seeking the opportunity to spend nine months abroad, engaging local communities and sharing stories from the field with a global audience. Follow David on Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn
  • Ian O’Neill

    Here’s another. Unfortunately Buzz Aldrin got in the way:

  • David Braun

    Nice! I’ll add it to the collection, with another link back to your page. db

  • Ian O’Neill

    Hey, thank you David 🙂
    That little squirrel sure does get around!
    Cheers, Ian

  • CJWright

    Take a look at my Crasher Squirrel pieces. The ones above are very crude, while these took ages to create in Photoshop, matching art style, lighting, texture and “intent.”
    Any way to get a larger image of the squirrel? PLEEZE?

  • canvas art

    someone should do something about that squirrel, feed it some nuts or something
    Supporting UK Canvas Art

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