LONDON — Compared to many other countries, the wildlife in Britain isn’t all that dangerous.
Except for the squirrels, of course.
During a lunch-time trip to her local Tesco last Friday, Emma Wright discovered this firsthand.
“I felt him before I saw him,” Emma Wright told Mashable. “I was taking my lunch to the self service check outs, which is by the wine section, when I felt a weight on my back.
“The store is right by my office so I thought it was a colleague grabbing my shoulder as a prank. I turned round and there was no one there.
“I could still feel the weight on my back so I brushed my back with my hand and felt something furry there. The squirrel had decided to get a piggy back!”
Wright went on to describe how the squirrel then jumped off of her and went over to investigate the red wine selection.
“Since then someone on Twitter has explained that when young squirrels are away from their mothers and scared they find things to cling to, so he was obviously a bit stressed and looking for a cuddle,” she said.
Fortunately, Tesco seemed to have it covered.
@Tesco St. John street Clerkenwell, about 45 minutes ago
— Emma Wright (@emmabethwright) August 12, 2016
@emmabethwright Hi Emma, I’ve been informed the store are taking all necessary steps to safely remove the squirrel. Thanks – Joanne
— Tesco (@Tesco) August 12, 2016
Twitter clearly enjoyed Wright’s squirrel encounter.
@emmabethwright @Tesco this is brilliant even though I feel cheated my local store doesn’t have a squirrel. Must be favouratism!! 😢
— ian aka ruffian (@zerodegreesmoto) August 12, 2016
“I shared the photo and then it just started going crazy with retweets and likes,” Wright explained.
“Nothing captures the British imagination like a squirrel browsing wine in Tesco!”
A Tesco spokesperson told Mashable: “Our colleagues quickly adapted their fantastic customer service skills to help our furriest and smallest customer. After browsing our selection of wines, the squirrel was safely helped out of the store.”