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Caffeine vs Squirels

  1. Jul 11, 2010 #1
    Hello everyone :smile:

    Is there any special effect of Caffeine on Squirrels ?

    with reference to Hoodwinked & Over the hedge (Animated Cartoons)

    In these animated cartoons, squirrels get super-fast by drinking coffee! Is this really true?
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  3. Jul 11, 2010 #2

    Andy Resnick

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  4. Jul 12, 2010 #3
    No, not really.
    Anyway, most plant-eating (and omnivorous) mammals are pretty caffeine-insensitive. Most humans are only slightly stimulated by a dose of caffeine that would kill a dog or cat. Squirrels probably would not come to much harm.
    Interestingly, caffeine is quite effective against many invertebrates and, in the form of used coffee grounds (NOT decaf!) it is a remarkably good material for killing and repelling slugs and snails.
    Pass the coffee!

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  5. Jul 12, 2010 #4
    "Caffeine vs Squirels" :confused:

    What are they fighting about?
  6. Jul 12, 2010 #5
    I'm going to leave a dough nut dunked in coffee in my Squirrel feeder this weekend. They have been acting a bit sluggish anyways.
  7. Jul 13, 2010 #6
    Lucky squirrels!:smile:
    I like your bird song tag. Here in South Africa we have certain birds (some shrikes and robins or robin-chats) that sing antiphonally, ie in tune with each other. It is a mutual recognition and bonding thing. One famous example is the bokmakierie shrike. When they raise a clutch and the youngsters have fledged, but not yet left the family, they join in family harmony groups, no doubt training the young in song techniques, and the result is the most attractive birdsong that I personally have heard. Nothing to do with caffeine, but I thought that you might like to hear of it.

  8. Jul 13, 2010 #7
    To be clear, as far as amphetamines go, caffeine gets pretty toxic before rendering you superhuman. How fast you, or a squirrel is, does not really depend on whether you've had your morning cup of bean juice. A squirrel, like other animals, is probably at its fastest when fleeing or fighting, under the influence of its adorable little adrenals. Ooooh, little squirrel glands! :tongue2:
  9. Jul 16, 2010 #8
    Thanks for your contributions...
  10. Jul 16, 2010 #9
    This is not true.

    Additional cartoon fallacies include ...

    When Wile E. Cyote paints a picture of a tunnel on a cliff-face, the road runner can't really run right through it as if it were real.

    When Jerry shoves a stick of dynamite down Tom's throat and it explodes in his belly, he can't really survive and start chasing Jerry with only 1 minute of recovery time.

    When Bugs Bunny puts his finger in Elmer Fudd's shotgun, he can't really prevent the pellets from comming out. In realty, Bugs' head would be blown off. Also, even if the gun exploded in Elmer's face, he wouldn't not bleed; and, at the very least, there should be bits of shrapnel in his face, in the next scene.
  11. Jul 16, 2010 #10
    You're killing my childhood dreams! Are you telling me that if I run off a cliff, I'll fall before I realize that I'm walking on air? :wink:

    To be fair to the OP, I think the question of the effect of an amphetamine on fast little rodents is much more reasonable than the standard ACME fair.
  12. Jul 16, 2010 #11
    Yes, of course. I just couldn't resist the great setup he provided. :rolleyes:

    One never knows from what strange places legitimate questions are born. The OP was kind enough to entertain us by revealing the origin to this one.
  13. Jul 17, 2010 #12
    You are most welcome :biggrin: lol!
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