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Though those of us living in the UK are living in lockdown due to the coronavirus, it doesn’t mean that nature is.
With that in mind, one man in quarantine over in the United States made the squirrels in his garden a tiny picnic table to eat off and the idea fast took off.
Rick Kalinowski, 43, who posted his new garden creation on Facebook last week, told Caters News Agency that he built the picnic bench and placed it outside the living room window so he could “watch the squirrels each while I have my coffee every morning.”
The post was quickly shared online, including on Twitter by Lucy Small, which went viral.
It has already racked up over 400k likes and 80k comments, many saying “today I learned I need more furniture for my squirrels” and “are you selling them?! I’d buy one”.
2 weeks of isolation and we're out here making picnic tables for squirrels because we're insane pic.twitter.com/8WfHwyJQA4
— Lucy Small (@lucyleid) March 31, 2020
Now people all over social media, and all over the world, are turning their trees and fences into adorable picnic areas for their bushy-tailed garden visitors.
And just look at these marvellous feats of carpentry:
Thank you husband for the handmade picnic table for the squirrels and birds in our garden! 🐿🦉 pic.twitter.com/vKhQz6zo2y
— Bethan Davies (@beffdizzle) April 3, 2020
So I learned my father-in-law made an all you can eat buffet picnic table for the birds and squirrels. pic.twitter.com/ga2XTU3rY8
— Stephanie Homrich (@kudeviz) April 2, 2020
However, not all of us are handy with a saw, not to mention a flatpack, and figuring out how to make a picnic table for wildlife seems like an impossibly fiddly task.
Buy it: It's a Squirrel Picnic from Squirrely Treasure Co | £21.27 on Etsy
The inventors It's a Squirrel Picnic table is already a bestseller - and the £21.27 table can be shipped to the UK within two weeks.
If you don’t want to wait that long we’ve found a UK-based ready-made squirrel table also on Etsy that is all ready for you to host your miniature tea party on.
Buy it: Squirrel Bird Feeder Picnic Bench from Ashawfencing | £25 on Etsy
You can either attach a feeder to the table separately or simply scatter a selection of nuts and seeds on top.
Simply fix it to a tree or to your fence and wait for your new neighbours to arrive.