The most central urban park in the city of Cape Town is not just a great place for humans to go on a relaxing scroll. In fact, it would be fair to say that the humans are only visiting. This is because Company’s Garden is actually the headquarters of an impressive community of chubby squirrels.
The History Behind Company’s Garden
Company’s Garden is a park in the city of Cape Town, South Africa. The garden is a historic site, as it was planted by the area’s first European settlers in the 1650s. It was originally created to grow fresh produce to replenish ships.
Nowadays, the Company’s Garden is not only frequented by citizens and tourists having picnics and planning to visit the Iziko South African Museum and National Gallery, but it is also home to a substantial population of
pudgy well-fed squirrels.
The squirrels have certainly grown past any potential shyness towards humans. In fact, they may even feel your pockets for a nibble or two. However, when the squirrel notices you weren’t planning to throw them any bones, it will quickly lose interest and transform back into its natural state as an elusive tree-hugger.
Interestingly, these squirrels weren’t the only bushy-tailed animals roaming around the park. They are great “friends” with the co-habitant rat population of Cape Town, who seem to prefer hiding and rustling in grassy patches and bushes. Unfortunately, these rats didn’t turn out to be the seasoned topmodels these dainty squirrels certainly were.
Never mind those rats, though. Trust me, they mind their own business and will definitely leave you alone. Company’s Garden is a wonderful little place to just take a break, have a picnic, and play with squirrels. Still, if you do plan to have lunch at the park, be aware of your sandwich!
15 thoughts on “Company’s Garden and the Squirrels of Cape Town”
That first picture is just like “you bring gifts” lol 😀
Hahaha, that’s EXACTLY what he was thinking 😛
Squirrels are among my favorite wild critters, Roselinde. Nice photos. 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
…Posted on mine, and linked to your post on Cape Town Squirrels.
What cutie… Not like this tough & hard workin´ one: https://docugraphy.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/workin-hard-for-the-money-botswana/ 😉
Thanks! Yeah, these squirrels sure had it easy with all those gullible tourists walking around!
We have similar in UK, but have seen black squirrels in Toronto – and wondered at first what they were!
I don’t think I’ve ever seen black squirrels before either!
…. I’ve photos somewhere of an albino – pink eyed white squirrel – that lived wild down in Surrey, UK – which was quite a surprise – they occur naturally a small percent of the time.
Wow! That one must have a hard time hiding in trees though 😉
Highly sociable for titbits in a town centre (Dorking, Surrey) graveyard – don’t think it tried hiding! I’ll post it if I come across it in the archives – there’ll be others online.
PS – I don’t know whether to laugh or cry; poor snowy got run over some years ago, featured on Fox news – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/surrey/8374874.stm …..!!
Oh how sad! I think we should cry about poor snowy dying in such a way and laugh about the fact that FOX deemed it news-worthy 😛
Lot of other people did as well – he was quite a novelty…. I’ll be smiling about this all day….!