The squirrels in Moscow’s parks are slowly disappearing as people are poaching them. In most cases, the animals are being poached for pets, but some people will eat the meat and use the fur.
The city official has received multiple reports of poaching and has ordered fines up to 20,000 rubles ($573) for those caught poaching.
It’s been reported that one squirrel can fetch up to 5,000 rubles ($144).
This is nuts (no pun intended)… During spring and summer months, you can collect orphaned squirrels and sell them to Russians. Well, not really, but there are worse pets that one could have.
Squirrels live about 3 to 6 years, which is about 3 years longer than a hamster- one of the most popular small, rodent pets.
Although, cute in their own way, it’s not ideal to catch wild squirrels to keep as pets. They can contain diseases and illness that you or other pets could contract.