Squirrels love pizza

In case you’ve ever worried about the amount of food that goes to waste on college campuses, rest assured that it doesn’t all go to waste.

One of the books I read with my first-year “Thinking & Writing: The Art of Natural History” students is Robert Sullivan’s Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants, which gets them thinking about the other creatures that share human habitats and taste our trash. Rats, according to Sullivan, like pretty much the same foods we do, with pizza and other cheesy dishes topping their list of favorites. Now I have photographic proof that squirrels share their ratty cousins’ preference for pizza, this fellow stopping to eat a slice he’d scavenged from a trash dumpster but couldn’t carry up a tree. Maybe next time, he should choose to have his pizza delivered?