Red squirrel in tree

Today I encountered a battle of wits between a stray cat on the ground and a red squirrel in a tree. The cat hissed and the squirrel sounded it’s alarm call. For such a tiny creature it really made a racket. Last time I heard such a sound was whilst hammock camping in the forest. There was a squirrel nest atop one of the trees to which my hammock was fastened and a pair of squirrels screamed at me and rained down nuts and leaves. In the dark they sound scary…

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My name is Edward O'Toole and I live in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Life is an adventure - both physically and metaphysically... I've been living out here for the last 22 years, along with my wife, 3 kids and Jack Russell. My main interests involve bushcraft, prepping, survival and wilderness living (self-sufficiency and self-reliance), ecological, green, smart and natural solutions, motorcycles and motorbike club life, writing and art (I have 7 published books), and exploring the paranormal. For more about my lifestyle, art and writing visit

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