Grey squirrels. Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, you can’t help feeling sorry for this little fella – even though he spent the past few months raiding the so-called squirrel-proof bird feeders in a friend of mine’s garden.
As for what caused his premature demise, well, these power lines feed directly into Robert’s house, so presumably are 240 volts – enough to kill a full-grown man, let alone a small grey squirrel.
He appears to have been in the process of moving down the wires, and bridged the gap between them. Presumably this meant he became a conduit for the full 240 volts – certainly it “froze” him to the wires, as he’s been up there a week already.This has prompted much debate – as has been pointed out, this action would surely only prove fatal if there was a substantial difference in current between the two wires, or one was earthed?
Any sparkies who can shed some light on the subject please get in touch. Not that the answer will be much consolation to the squirrel in question.
Meanwhile, Robert’s photo seems to provoke one of two distinct reactions in everyone I show it to depending on people’s view of these creatures. Either “Ah, that’s a shame” or “Ha-ha, good riddance!”