Squirrels Prove It: Females Do All the Work, Guys Goof Off

Science has given tired women everywhere their I-told-you-so-moment, and it comes courtesy of the hapless Arctic ground squirrel: The males of the species appear to spend most of their non-hibernating months soaking up the rays above ground while the females are kept busy either nursing their young below ground or foraging for food when above. “It is not clear what [the males] are doing while above ground,” the Northern Arizona University biologists write in an article headlined “The secret life of ground squirrels” in the journal Royal Society Open Science. “The additional time spent above ground may be simply to loaf/bask in the sun.”

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