This goes for Meridian, Eagle, Kuna, Nampa, Caldwell and everywhere else in the Treasure Valley.

I really tried to stop myself from writing this out of fear that someone would accuse me of being an Easter "Karen." Social media is such a mean and cold place right now. I'm a sensitive person who internalizes every nasty comment on our station's Facebook page. Reading more of those isn't good for my mental health, but I just can't keep thinking about the saddest thing I've ever seen on the Boise greenbelt. This needs to be said.

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While I was walking down to the MK Nature Center, I thought I saw a squirrel scurrying up a tree with an entire orange in its mouth. From far away it looked like I was about to witness something adorable and potentially hilarious. When I finally got to the tree, my heart sank when I realized it wasn't an orange.

Michelle Heart, Townsquare Media
Michelle Heart, Townsquare Media

This poor squirrel's whole head was stuck in an orange plastic Easter egg! There was a crack in the side of it and this curious little guy must have looked a little too far inside. He couldn't see anything, so he just kept circling the trunk high up in the tree. I can only hope that he eventually calmed down enough to feel out a branch to sit on and try to pull it off.

I felt helpless, so I'm making this request on the behalf of squirrels and other wildlife. If you're setting up an Easter egg hunt for your kids, can you count the eggs before you hide them and after the kids fill their baskets? If all the eggs are accounted for, this won't happen to the squirrels in your yard! That's it. That's the request. Not trying to be a Karen. Just trying to help the squirrels.

I really hope that little guy made it. I can't stop thinking about him!

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