Former NASA engineer Mark Rober has become a YouTube sensation for his delightful contraptions. His latest one was done because squirrels kept stealing from his bird feeders. So, he crafted an obstacle course.
The idea was that if the squirrels could get through the course, he’d make sure they were free to gorge on whatever treats they wanted. The first step was the unstable bridge and this maze came second.
That then took them to the pitchfork tumblers. Although these would put the squirrels to the test, none of them were harmful to the critters. It was more of a fun concept.
The homewrecker was up next. This part was more about testing the bravery of the squirrels. A case of seeing just how much they really wanted those treats.
Engineers sure do love their bridges, don’t they? That might be why this little obstacle course actually has a second bridge built-in to cause some problems.
Again, it’s back to some fun. The fact that Rober decided to include enjoyable little tidbits like a tourist photo-op just tells you the kind of guy that he is.
We’re getting near the end of the contraption. This might be the toughest part of it, as the squirrel has to jump around like this is a parkour adventure.
This is the final challenge. It should launch them, again safely, right to where they need to be to ultimately get to the goal. If a squirrel can complete it, the treats are theirs.
Now, only one important question remained. How would a real squirrel fare when put to the test? Well, this photo shows that things did not get off to a hot start.
However, this little guy proved to be a resilient one. He weathered the storm of that unstable bridge and made it into the maze section, which he did better with.
The pitchfork section was one met with plenty of intrigue. While watching it, you couldn’t be sure of what would happen and it was surprisingly intense.
The best thing about this screengrab is that it really looks like the squirrel stopped to have a friendly conversation with the little homewrecker guy and that’s too cute.
What could be more adorable than that? It’s easily this. At the tourist photo-op, the squirrel actually stopped and put his head through the spot. It led to a hilarious picture.
Things went back to being trickier following the wonderful photo-op. It became more of the harrowing type of difficult challenge for him but he stepped up.
Just look at this shot. When it came time to really show off the parkour skills, this squirrel took the leap. Literally. He made it across the section with grace.
It was starting to seem like nothing that stood in his path would be too much for him. Viewers of this YouTube video have fallen in love with his efforts.
Close-up shots like this showed how the squirrel enjoyed the fruits of his labor. Still, despite getting a few walnuts, that didn’t mean he was done on his journey.
He still faced the final stage, which was the catapult (squirrel-apult). As with everything else to that point, he used it well and passed the section with flying colors.
Rober understood that the squirrel won. As a reward, he set him up with this lovely little picnic table style spot for him to enjoy his treats with nothing to bother him.
The entire video runs over 21 minutes. It shows Rober explain the obstacle course and record the squirrel’s adventures. It has been been viewed over 13 million times in just a few days.