Most visitors to UC Berkeley quickly discover that the squirrels on campus are a bold breed, often sneaking up on unsuspecting food toters and frequently tugging on pant legs to demand a handout. When high-school sweethearts Zephyr and Rory suggested it as a location for their engagement session and shared that they hoped to hang with some of the bushy-tailed beasts, we squealed. We’ve been known to take a photo of a squirrel or two. Plus, what could be better than photobombing squirrels?
We envisioned Zephyr and Rory happily surrounded by their hungry squirrel friends but, oddly, they were in short supply that fateful Sunday afternoon we met up with our cute, stylish couple (hello, pink-and-white saddle shoes!). Was it the droves of boisterous new graduates and their families that sent them into hiding? Alas, we’ll never know. At the very least, this freed us up to explore the rest of the campus. Zephyr and Rory even treated us to some of their swing dancing!
A week later, to make up for the lack of squirrels, we met up with Zephyr and Rory again. This time, a baseball game was in full swing and apparently most of the squirrels had headed that way because only one or two stayed to play with us. Still, two are better than one, and we had the best time watching the squirrels elongate themselves to grasp the treats, as if that would prevent any harm from befalling them. Here’s a look at our squirrelly shenanigans.