THE FOX SQUIRREL
A “Fishing with Frog” LEGEND
Five years ago while fishing the West Virginia side of the upper Potomac; I spotted a huge squirrel like animal. I shouted out to Frog and Catfish:
“Holy Shit! Did you guys see that?”
“It was like a big squirrel only it was hopping through the woods on the other side of the river. It looked like a small deer with a huge squirrel body.”
Catfish who is the expert on all things that breathe with lungs or gills replied nonchalantly, “Didn't see it, but it sounds like a Fox Squirrel.”
“Fox squirrel? I never heard of a fox squirrel.”
“They are very common in this area. They are very large squirrels.”
“Large!” Three foot large?”
“It was a fox squirrel.”
I am not an expert on animal life like the Catfish, but I am pretty sure I would have heard somewhere about a three foot high squirrel.
“Are you sure?…This thing was BIG!”
“A fox squirrel is a big squirrel.”
I let it be for the rest of the trip. We did meet some locals and I questioned them about really large squirrels in this area. They immediately responded, “Oh yeah, sounds like a fox squirrel. We see them in our yard all the time.”
When I returned home, the first thing I did was get on the internet and search for “fox squirrel.” I found that there is in fact such an animal. It is the largest of all squirrels growing to almost three pounds. The pictures I found looked exactly like every squirrel I have ever seen except…maybe…a little bigger than most.
The creature I saw was not just three pounds.
The next year I told Catfish this thing I saw was no fox squirrel. It was not three pounds; it was more like 40 pounds.
The Catfish laughed. Frog laughed. It was a big joke; a forty pound squirrel! It is a big joke every year.
“Hay Hagy, watch out for the killer fox squirrel!”
“Did you bring your elephant rifle? Its fox squirrel season you know.”
I say very freaking funny. Go ahead guys, make a joke. I know what I saw. Now I know how people feel when their spotting of a UFO or Bigfoot is put-down with derisive laughter.
I don’t care if Catfish, Frog or anyone else chooses to make fun of me.
Somewhere on the Maryland side of the upper Potomac River is an animal with a very large squirrel-like body, a squirrel-like fluffy tail, and the legs of a Great Dane. It hops like a rabbit....I seem to remember large fangs.
It is NOT a Fox Squirrel!
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