A photo op with a squirrel that went awry has left a teenager flustered but unhurt – and having learned a valuable lesson, according to his mom.
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Seventeen-year-old Brian Genest, of Auburn, Maine, said Thursday he saw what appeared to be a friendly squirrel on a hand rail while walking through John Chestnut Park near Tampa, Florida, during a trip looking at colleges.
Genest took a selfie of himself and the squirrel. But the flash and noises from his camera phone scared the squirrel, which climbed under his shirt and hung onto his back before scampering back out.
‘He was just in that spot where my arm can’t reach him,’ Genest said. ‘I threw myself on the ground, and that scared him off.’