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Auburn professor says ‘anyone’ could have caught Tre Mason’s squirrel

Tweets from 1989: @BoJackson: “Catch cheetahs to test your speed.”

“Anyone can easily catch the squirrel that he is holding.”

That’s what Auburn University biology professor Robert Lishak told us when we inquired as to just how impressive the recent feats of Auburn running back Tre Mason (and Onterio McCalebb before him) truly were. And he doesn’t mean it in a Tony Robbins, if-you-put-your-mind to it, Squirrel Catcher YOU! kind of way.

“If it were anything other than a nestling squirrel, he would have been bitten by razor sharp incisors.”

If there’s anyone who knows about squirrel teeth, it’s Lishak. Last year he claimed to have deciphered and cataloged a set of squirrel vocalizations that warn against predators and other threats. (He calls it the Rosetta Acorn. Or at least he should.)

Terms currently included in the squirrel’s stranger danger lexicon are: Kuk, Quaa, Quaa Moan, and the sensual Muk-Muk. But no Tre-Tre.

“Catching an adult squirrel is almost impossible,” Lishak says. “Even for an animal as agile as a cat no less a human.”

Related: The Auburn “Squirrel Club” of 1969.

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