'Nutty' squirrel shocks Irish children in Dublin's National Botanic Gardens
A 'nutty' squirrel was determined to have a New Year's feast, as he stocked up on some tasty treats in Dublin's National Botanic Gardens.
But a group of visiting children were clearly taken aback, when the rodent scurried up a bench where they were sitting, before pouncing on a stray nut.
He was clearly desperate - come what may - to get his paws on some much-needed winter food.
A passer-by said the squirrel showed no fear whatsoever, as he clambered across the laps of the surprised children Aisling Browne (6) and her cousins, Eoghan (10) and Darragh (12) McGough, so as to nibble on the much-desired nut.
"There was a man in the gardens who had a big bag of nuts, and the squirrel repeatedly ran over to him looking for some.
"Each time he gave him one, the squirrel disappeared to a nearby tree, where he placed it down to hide it, before running back for more.
"The man then gave the kids sitting on a bench a nut, but the squirrel was having none of it and still insisted on adding it to his haul.
"Throwing caution to the wind, he darted over - and snapped that one up also."