Squirrel whispering Penn State student turns her pet Sneezy into viral internet celebrity by coaxing the wild critter into dressing up for photo shoots
A Penn State student is gaining an Internet reputation as a 'squirrel whisperer' thanks to her amazing ability to get a wild campus squirrel named Sneezy to pose in hilarious photos.
Mary Krupa routinely dresses up the Eastern gray squirrel in hats and with props like pencils or tea cups to create scenes both adorable and little otherworldy--all for just peanuts.
Sneezy happily strikes poses for the crunchy treats and her tameness, along with Krupa's uncanny persuasion skills, have turned the costumed critter into a kind of unofficial internet school mascot.
Krupa's method is simple. She offers Sneezy a peanut and, while the squirrel nibbles, she puts a hat on her.
To get Sneezy to hold props, like the tea cup she used in an English tea party-themed shoot, she simply smears a little peanut butter on whatever she wants the squirrel to hold.
As easy as it sounds, Krupa makes clear that Sneezy is in control.
'I can never force her to do anything she doesn't want to do,' 'I mean, if she gets tired she'll just go up the tree.'
Krupa discovered the friendliness of the campus squirrels when she was a freshman. She's now a junior and has befriended multiple squirrels.
However, Sneezy--who got her name from her frequent adorable sneezes--likes Krupa the most, and the feeling is mutual.
While other squirrels have let Krupa put hats on them, Sneezy is always the most willing.
'As long as she has food she is completely relaxed and really comfortable with people. She is just the sweetest, laid back squirrel ever,' Krupa said.