There's a "bulb bandit" on the loose in a Seattle neighborhood.
YouTube user Margaret Rican posted a series of videos showing a squirrel making off with the blue, yellow and red bulbs from her Christmas string lights. Warning: put this video on mute if you've already had your fill of jaunty Christmas songs this season.
The most recent video from Monday shows the acrobatic criminal (brought to our attention by UPI) scurrying across a deck with a bulb in its mouth. Another shot captures the moment it takes a flying leap into an evergreen tree, bulb held firm. Impressive. It's probably hard to stay mad when the culprit is so cute.
The sneaky squirrel has a very industrious nature, but Rican doesn't seem too concerned about the loss of her lights. "He has stolen 150 in 24 hours, carefully and precisely chewing through the wires to steal the [bulbs] and bury them around the neighborhood. He's the hardest working rodent we've ever seen," she writes.
Rican speculates the criminal critter might either be decorating his nest for Christmas or mistaking the bulbs for food. Despite her lights suffering heavy losses, she's still rooting for the little raider to survive the winter.