Woodland Creatures Run Amok at Children’s Fairyland

Squirrel spotted at the Fairyland watering hole. (Photo: Ike Sriskandarajah)

Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Squirrel Nutkin opens like this:

“This is a tale about a tail—a tail that belonged to a little red squirrel, and his name was Nutkin. He had a brother called Twinkleberry, and a great many cousins: they lived in a wood at the edge of a lake.”

Here in Oakland, CA, in the wood, at the edge of Lake Merritt, is a place where stories like Potter’s come to life. Children’s Fairyland is a historic amusement park inside the nation’s first wildlife refuge, surrounded by bustling downtown Oakland. You can walk through the Alice in Wonderland maze, ride the mini choo-choo train, and visit that shoe where the old woman lived.

But recently, the park in experiencing an unwelcome connection to Potter’s tale–with the arrival of aggressive, boundary-less guests: the fox squirrel.

The park’s toddler demographic loves the squirrels. But for Fairyland employee, Crystal Griffen, these are not welcome visitors.

“At Children’s Fairyland we have a lot of squirrels that come out because of the food that we feed them. I’ve never ever seen as many squirrels anywhere else [in Oakland] but here at Children’s Fairyland,” Griffen says.

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