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


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