Why would a Squirrel Eat Paint off a Terra Cotta Yard Decoration?
For the third time this week (that I've noticed), a youngish squirrel is eating the green paint off a terra cotta yard decoration - a small painted sun that I got in a trip to Mexico years ago.
At first I thought it was honing its teeth so I looked at the piece and it's not chewing on the terra cotta, it's only on the dark green accent paint.
I'm wondering if it needs a mineral in the paint or if it's getting some kind of 'high' or if it just tastes good. :confused:
The other squirrels have never eaten the paint, and I've owned the terra cotta piece for about 15 years.
Thanks for any suggestions. Maybe I'll put a mineral block out there and see if I can get the squirrel to switch snack sources.