Squirrel goes nuts on teen who stopped to take 'selfie'

By Peter Burke, Managing Editor, pburke@local10.com
Associated Press
Published On: May 01 2014 03:00:47 PM EDT
Updated On: May 01 2014 04:06:33 PM EDT

Facebook/Brian Genest

This is the "selfie" Brian Genest took with a squirrel moments before it climbed in his shirt.

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. -

A Maine teenager who stopped to take a "selfie" with a squirrel during a visit to Florida found himself in a nutty situation.

Brian Genest, 17, of Auburn, Maine, said Wednesday he saw what appeared to be a friendly squirrel on a hand rail while walking through John Chestnut Park near Tampa.

Genest took a "selfie" with the squirrel, but the flash and noises from his camera phone scared the animal, which climbed under the teen's shirt and hung onto his back.

"He jumped on my shoulder and went down my shirt," Genest told the ABC affiliate in Tampa.

Genest started flailing to get the squirrel off his back.

"I ended up doing a stop, drop and roll kind of thing," he said.

Genest's mother snapped photos of the hoopla, which are posted on her son's Facebook page. She said Thursday that Genest had approached the squirrel making clicking sounds with his tongue to get closer.

She said neither her son nor the squirrel was harmed.

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