Animals

People Can’t Stop Watching This Video Of A Squirrel Eating An Egg Roll

OMG. First, there was Pizza Rat. Now, there's Egg Roll Squirrel!

Step aside, Pizza Rat. There’s a new fast-food-eating animal that’s captured the internet’s attention, and it’s an egg roll-eating squirrel.

Like the NYC rodent that was filmed in 2015 carrying a slice of pizza down subway steps (and that later became a meme that inspired merchandise, Halloween costumes and even tattoos), a short clip of a squirrel munching on an egg roll is the latest animal-eating-human-food video to go viral. And it’s not hard to see why:

In the seven-second clip that was posted on the Twitter account @whatisny, a pudgy squirrel is shown blissfully gnawing on an egg roll that’s almost as big as he is while perched in a tree in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood. In the description, the poster wrote, “Doesn’t look like this squirrels first egg roll.”

So far, the video has been seen over 775,000 times, received over 22,000 likes, and, as expected, inspired some amusing comments:

“Get ready for sexy #eggrollsquirrel costumes for Halloween 2019,” wrote @sooatwoo.

“So much for the New Year’s resolution…” added @KFCavanaugh.

“Proposing Republican ticket of Egg Roll Squirrel/Pizza Rat 2020,” tweeted @schauffd22.

Although Egg Roll Squirrel is the most famous snack-eating squirrel at the moment, he’s hardly the first opportunistic squirrel to munch on some abandoned takeout food, rather than the more typical squirrel diet of nuts and seeds.

In 2016, a different squirrel was caught snacking on a chicken wing, proving that you don’t have to live in an urban city center to come across a delicious snack:

Meanwhile, another squirrel was filmed downing an entire Snickers bar. (Snickers bars contain both caramel and nuts, so this squirrel probably felt like he was in heaven.)

Although these foods are not exactly healthy for squirrels to eat, we have to say that we can’t blame the animals. Who doesn’t love a good snack, especially ones of the fried or candy variety?