Squirrel goes nuts on Maine teenager taking selfie - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Squirrel goes nuts on Maine teenager taking selfie

Posted: Updated:
Source: Imgur Source: Imgur
Source: Imgur Source: Imgur
AUBURN, Maine (AP) - A photo op with a squirrel that went awry has left a teenager flustered but unhurt.

Seventeen-year-old Brian Genest, of Auburn, said Thursday he saw what appeared to be a friendly squirrel on a hand rail while walking through John Chestnut Park near Tampa, Florida. He was on 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 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."

Genest's mother, Paula Wright, snapped photos of the hoopla, originally posted to his Instagram feed along with his selfie.

Genest had approached the squirrel making clicking sounds with his tongue to get closer. His mother said the spectacle Saturday taught him a lesson.

"I think he got a little lesson from the squirrel that he's not really its buddy," she said.

She said neither her son nor the squirrel was harmed.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • What's HotMore>>

  • Dancing grandpa goes viral

    Dancing grandpa goes viral

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-07-22 10:50:59 GMT
    This elderly dancer proves you're never too old to bust a move. Check it out as he takes to the dance floor at an outdoor party, he chucks away his canes and even takes on two dance partners.
    This elderly dancer proves you're never too old to bust a move. Check it out as he takes to the dance floor at an outdoor party, he chucks away his canes and even takes on two dance partners.
  • VIDEO: Hot air balloon crashes into power line

    VIDEO: Hot air balloon crashes into power line

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-07-22 00:20:24 GMT
    Five people are hurt after a hot air balloon crashed into some power lines in Massachusetts. The scary encounter was apparently captured on multiple cell phones.
    Five people are hurt after a hot air balloon crashed into some power lines in Massachusetts. The scary encounter was apparently captured on multiple cell phones.
  • Daytona Dad Beats Man He Found Allegedly Raping His Son

    Daytona Dad Beats Man He Found Allegedly Raping His Son

    Saturday, July 19 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-07-19 15:24:16 GMT
    DAYTONA BEACH - A Florida dad who told police he walked in on a man sexually abusing his child, left the suspect motionless and bleeding Friday morning on the living room floor, police said.
    DAYTONA BEACH - A Florida dad who told police he walked in on a man sexually abusing his child, left the suspect motionless and bleeding Friday morning on the living room floor, police said.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices