Squirrels in the US "splash" to keep cool and close to the ground as the heat blazes across the country
- The small mammals have been spotted in the southwest and even New Jersey as areas continue to experience record heat levels
- They splash flat and close to the ground so they can stay cool
- It is best to leave some water a reasonable distance away as squirrels can bite
- Squirrels splash around in the colder months so they can get warm
Americans across the country snap funny photos of squirrels spreading out on various surfaces to cool off in the blazing heat.
The small mammals "splash", with New Jersey and Texas people capturing the animals spread out on sidewalks, grassy areas, and even walls.
"It's obviously super hot here right now and these squirrels are basically just trying to cool off," said Jil Calcote of Moonshine Wildlife Rehabilitation at Cedar Park WTNH.
The small mammals have been spotted in the southwest and even New Jersey as areas continue to experience record heat levels
“You basically get so much of your body on a cooler surface. If it is cooler than the air outside, they will put their bodies on it and it will cool their temperature. & # 39;
While people are advised to stay away as squirrels bite, those who wish to help can give water to keep them hydrated.
"We always suggest that people give wildlife their place to view from a distance," she said.
They splash flat and close to the ground so they can stay cool
It is best to leave some water a reasonable distance away as squirrels can bite. Austin, Texas
“You can give them water. We never encourage people to feed wildlife, but clean water is great. & # 39;
Leanne DuPay, a wildlife rehabilitator at Texas Parks and Wildlife, said the best way to help squirrels is by placing plate-like dishes near where they rest.
"If they just lie down, spread out and look around, they'll be fine," added Calcote.
Squirrels also splash around in the colder months to keep them warmer.
Most of the southwestern United States has experienced an intense heat wave in recent weeks.
Squirrels splash around to warm up in the colder months / Austin, Texas
A squirrel splashes on a Spectrum phone line in Texas