When residents in the Netherlands became alarmed about the number of squirrels that were struck by cars while crossing the N44 motorway by the Benoordenhoutseweg, they hit upon the ideal solution: build a bridge for their furry friends. The result was a €150,000 structure that linked Haagse Bos forest and Oosterbeen with Clingedel Park.
Critics immediately questioned the value of such an investment, and cameras were installed to monitor squirrel activity on the bridge.
After two years of camera surveillance, the government was able to report that the bridge has been used five times: three times in 2014, and twice in 2015.
One can’t help but wonder why the squirrels aren’t flourishing in a place with so many nuts.