In the early 1940s, LIFE magazine reported that a woman named Mrs. Mark Bullis of Washington, D.C., had adopted a squirrel – later dubbed Tommy Tucker – after “his mother died and left him in a tree” in the Bullis’ back yard:
“Mrs. Bullis’ main interest in Tommy,” LIFE continued, “is in dressing him up in 30 specially made costumes. Tommy has a coat and hat for going to market, a silk pleated dress for company, a Red Cross uniform for visiting the hospital.”
And so it begins … a series of at-once touching and creepy photographs by LIFE’s Nina Leen, chronicling the quiet adventures and sartorial splendor of Tommy Tucker the squirrel. “Tommy never seems to complain,” LIFE concluded, “although sometimes he bites Mrs. Bullis. Mrs. Bullis never complains about being bitten.” In truth, who would listen to her, anyway, if she did?
Yes Tommy does look stuffed, doesn’t he?
(Hat tip: Ronan Lyons)
Also, presumably, sold in blue
With a hole in the back
Where the tail pokes through.
Youtuber CanabustinFilms sez:
So me and my buddy decide to go back to his place to smoke a bowl in-between exams, don’t we hear something in his garbage can so I reached for my camera, doesn’t he get attacked by a squirrel!
(Disclaimer: Broadsheet does not advocate the smoking of bowls between exams.)
The little tarts.
Last year, the Russian Health Ministry launched a Public Service Announcement campaign warning of the dangers of alcohol psychosis. The star was a tormented rodent by the name of Hell-Squirrel. A smart ass distillery has, of course, made a line of high-proof vodka featuring the anti-drinking mascot.