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So here’s the thing. Any suggestions?
It looks like a normal urban structure. It’s a crossing.
There’s a motorway below.
So it must be a bridge.
The observant among us will have spotted that it’s a funny scale! And that it ends in mid air.
There’s no access?
Back in 2012, the local authority identified that two park areas on either side of the motorway had a population that had been severed. The motorway is the main link between The Hague, which is the seat of parliament, and Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands.
The parks, while very close, were very cut off from each other.
A squirrel bridge!
The arial structure is connected by ropes to trees so that those intrepid little creatures can go from one park to the other.
That’s why it hasn’t got a staircase or ramp!
A friend of mine who uses a blog to arrange social events posted about it too.
When it was installed there was some local news attention.
Unfortunately (though you maybe can’t speak Dutch) you may not be surprised to learn that the squirrels have yet to use this amazing structure in the year and a half since it came into use.
The cameras indicate zero traffic. The spokesperson from The Hague says in the link that a year and a half is too early to tell and that food supplies in the squirrel wood have been good enough that they didn’t need to cross yet.
What do I think?
I see this as a classic human intervention plan that may have been well intention but equally well may have been overdone.
The creatures we care for often avoid the options we give them whether good or bad for their own reasons.
I hope they will start to use the bridge one day. I’ll update if it happens!
I’m still a bit curious whether they’ve found an alternative route though!
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