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Former NASA Scientist Creates Obstacle Courses To Challenge Squirrels, Gets Outsmarted By Furry Opponents

Former NASA scientist Mark Rober is just like one of us. All he simply wants is for squirrels to stop eating the birdseed from the feeders in his backyard.

In true scientist fashion however, he has been testing the limits of his furry opponents.

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Last year, Rober set up an eight-course obstacle course in an attempt to outwit the four seed-eating critters… and they quickly overtook it. It has since become a personal challenge for Rober.

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“I never thought I’d be that crazy guy in the neighborhood obsessing over the squirrels, but they started it first when they would constantly pillage the bird seed from any bird feeder I would put up,” explained Mark Rober in a YouTube video.

Now, he has expanded upon the course to make it more challenging for the neighborhood nuisances. After closely observing his adversaries, Rober took two months time to improve the course specifically to “to test [the squirrels’] mental limits and their physical limits.”

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At the center of the backyard is “Fort Knuts,” a locked container of walnuts placed just below the birds’ favorite feeder.

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To get to “Fort Knuts,” the squirrels must navigate through a series of poles, security features, a zip line featuring a helicopter, ducts, a trick brick wall, a fake laser grid, and a vault. Each obstacle is themed around Mission: Impossible and Ocean’s Eleven because of Rober’s love of action films.

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It is important to note that each obstacle has an emergency exit, just in case a squirrel gets trapped. Afterall, the Squirrel War has not completely stripped Rober of his humanity.

Despite his best efforts, Rober has, yet again, been outsmarted by the gaggle of squirrels that continue to terrorize the bird feeder. Not to be too critter-sizing, but we think the squirrels have definitely won, but we love to watch.

You can see the fruits of Rober’s labor BELOW.

Written by Abigale Racine