“You can call her name and she will literally come out of her nest in one of these big trees and hop her way down to the roof to ultimately to the rail and waits on her cone,” Scott told the station, adding Putter sometimes plays on the mini-putt course with children.
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Putter the squirrel eats a cone. (AP)
The critter – nicknamed Putter – nests near Fantasy Isle Ice Cream and Mini Golf in the Holden Beach area, where owners Scott and Pam Martin regularly feed her miniature ice cream cones, Wilmington’s WWAY TV3 reported this week.
The Martins say their customers regularly ask for updates on Putter’s whereabouts.
But Raleigh’s News and Observer squashed the fun with a Tuesday rebuttal.
Birckhead added: “Feeding wildlife also can lead to unhealthy foraging habits, and may lead to malnourishment.”
A junk food-loving squirrel that lives along North Carolina’s shore is garnering worldwide acclaim.
Not that beach-goers care.
Everybody wants to see her, they said.
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“It’s not good for the animal because you’re teaching that animal to expect food from people,” Jessie Birckhead, a biologist with North Carolina’s Wildlife Resources commission, told the paper.
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