This squirrel has grown so accustomed to its daily treat, it will ring the doorbell so that it can receive a Fig Newton. Credit: Courtesy of Frank

Most of the photos and videos that we’ve featured in this trail camera series have been exactly that: images taken with motion-sensing cameras that are set up in the woods or near someone’s property in order to see what kinds of animals are walking past.

Today’s contribution, sent to us by a man named Frank, who’d rather not say where he lives, comes from a more traditional camera, but the story was interesting enough for us to bend the rules a bit and share it with you.

“This is Spyder [the squirrel],” Frank said. “He bangs on the screen or actually will ring the doorbell to get his almost-daily Fig Newton. He has been doing this for almost two years now. People come over and when [there is] a knock on the door or door bell rings they expect there is a person at the door, not a squirrel hanging on the screen asking for a Fig Newton.”

This squirrel hangs from the door of a house where it knows it will receive a Fig Newton from the owner. Credit: Courtesy of Frank

Now it’s time for my regular disclaimer: Though these photos were funny, I don’t recommend feeding squirrels (or any other animal, for that matter), just so you can get a picture of it. Luring wild animals into our backyards can have negative impacts for us, the animals and our neighbors.

Like what? Well, what if the fat-and-happy Spyder moseys across the road after one too many Fig Newtons and ends up flattened by a passing pickup? Or what if he starts harassing the neighbor, who’s not as willing to part with a daily snack? Or what if the animal simply forgets how to be as wild as it needs to be in order to survive?

Sermon over. Go have a Fig Newton. For yourself, not the wildlife outside.

And keep those photos and videos coming.

Do you have a trail camera photo or video to share? Send it to and tell us “I consent to the BDN using my photo.” In order to prevent neighbors from stopping by to try to tag particularly large bucks, moose or bears, some identities and towns of origin may be omitted.

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John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. He spent 28 years working for the BDN, including 19 years as the paper's outdoors columnist or outdoors editor. While...