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Murray State’s social media craze is … squirrels?

A squirrel lounging on a Murray State tree.

While walking across campus, it’s impossible not to spot one of the hundreds of squirrels who call this campus home. These seemingly fearless squirrels roam around campus, scavenging for the remnants of discarded meals and tree nuts.  

Given the adorable and funny nature of these campus creatures, an anonymously run Instagram account has taken to uploading the squirrels as they go about their many chaotic adventures. 

“I love Murray’s squirrels! Seeing one pop out of a trash can with a bagel or carry a french fry up a tree is high-quality entertainment,” said @murraystatesquirrels on Instagram. “They deserve a little treat every now and then.”

The account features student-submitted photos of the campus squirrels with funny captions, which has had the unexpected result of receiving hundreds of likes. 

“I was hoping to get maybe 100 followers max, so it’s been really fun to see the account grow so much,” said @murraystatesquirrels. “Hitting 500 followers was a big milestone for me, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.”

The @murraystatesquirrels Instagram account is not the first social media account to focus on the lives of the squirrels. The squirrels have had numerous online fan accounts over the years, with the most notable being @MSSquirrels on X (formerly Twitter), which gave the campus squirrels a voice in political matters and online controversies. 

“I can’t actually claim the idea for the squirrel account as my own. There was a Murray State Squirrels account before mine that I had followed for a few months and was a big fan of, but then one day, they just stopped posting,” said @murraystatesquirrels. “I just couldn’t stand by and let the account die, though. The people deserve high-quality squirrel pics.”

The student population can rest assured knowing they will have a steady supply of the finest photos of squirrels taken from all over campus.  

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MacKenzie Rogers
MacKenzie Rogers, Lifestyle Editor
MacKenzie Rogers joined the staff of The News in Fall 2022. Rogers is a junior studying creative writing and journalism. She spends all her spare time reading, writing and playing video games.
Rebeca Mertins Chiodini
Rebeca Mertins Chiodini, Photography Editor
Rebeca Mertins Chiodini began photographing for The News in fall 2022 and began Photo Editor in 2023. She loves to photograph all things sports, but especially baseball. A journalism major, she minors in Spanish and Photography.

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