This Maine Forest Ranger Is Basically Snow White
You may love nature, but can you channel the Disney princess Snow White and her uncanny ability to make friends with animals?
Maine Forest Ranger Shane Nichols can... and recently proved it on the Maine Forest Rangers facebook. In the video, he's holding out his hand filled with treats as a Canada Jay (or a Grey Jay) swoops in time and time again to take a nibble. Nichols is in the Western Mountains of Maine, where Canada Jays are common and referred to occasionally as "camp robbers" - clearly, they're not known for being notoriously shy birds.
Still, it's pretty exciting to have a wild animal swoop into your hand and stay there. It reminds me of the other day when I saw a couple in Congress Square being bombarded by pigeons greedily vying for crumbs from the woman's bagel. It was unclear whether she was deliberately feeding them or being viciously attacked by wild fowl, but I decided to escape before they picked a new victim. Luckily, it looks like Ranger Nichols probably got away with his life as well.