“I stood right out here and looked….And I actually picked one of them up.”
Jennifer Northam showed us what’s left of her father’s flag memorial – nothing but sticks.
The flags were forcibly torn off.
“It wasn’t like it had just fallen off,” Northam said. “Both of us were kind-of heartbroken.”
She says her dad put up the flags over Memorial Day Weekend at their house on the far west side of Houston.
“We were just confused ‘cause we’re new to the neighborhood. We didn’t know if somebody did it – or what happened,” Northam said.
Little did they know, their neighbor, Devin Rivera-Duque, witnessed the whole thing.
“I saw her with the first flag,” Rivera-Duque said. “I was just freaked out. The second and third flag, I just started recording her.”
The “her” she’s talking about is a squirrel. A pair of squirrels, actually, struggled to get the flag off the stick. But they were patient, determined – they didn’t give up. Eventually, they ripped them free, rolled them into a ball, put them in their mouths and ran off.
“I was like, ‘Oh my god. These animals have a mind of their own.’ Like, you never would guess that they would do something like that,” Rivera-Duque said.
“How crazy that it was actually a squirrel that took it and made a nest out of it?” Northam said.
Rivera-Duque showed us the nest high up in a tree. Ten small American flags bringing comfort and shelter to a family of resourceful squirrels.
“It was like relief came over both of us because we finally understood that it wasn’t someone. It was something. Using it for a next,” Northam said. “I mean, how amazing that they use their resources like that. They find something new, figured it would work and used it.”