Nature Video

By Hayley Pugh


A man has built an elaborate bar in his back garden for squirrels – and they can’t get enough of it.

Matt Thompson, created the bar – complete with a bench, lights, a huge supply of nuts and even a chore wheel – and attached it to the fence in his back garden at his home in Detroit, USA.

The chore wheel features tasks including ‘Run in Traffic’, ‘Learn to Fly’, ‘Irritate Dogs’ and ‘Have a Nut’.

The 50-year-old, who works as a fire protection technician but also conjures up impressive woodwork creations as a hobby, even incorporated a set of steps for the squirrels to easily access their new dining establishment.

Matt was inspired by the numerous attempts at squirrel picnic tables which have gone viral during the lockdown and decided to crank things up a notch.

He made the bar over the Easter weekend and it has proved so popular he has to refill it with nuts every few hours.

Matt said: “I used materials that I had on hand. Cedar fence pickets, empty beer cans for the roof and some battery operated lights that were stored away in our Christmas stuff.

“The lights were my wife’s idea and the chore wheel is based on my beer and wine chore wheels that went viral a few months ago.

“They’re chore wheels where gravity makes you a winner every time.

“The squirrels loved it. They took turns grabbing nuts for hours.  It was empty by midday.

“I just like taking an idea and cranking it up a few notches.”