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Squirrels Feast in Unattended White House Garden

A squirrel is seen eating vegetables from the White House Garden (Via @<a href="https://twitter.com/ObamaFoodorama/status/390174493768810496/photo/1">ObamaFoodorama</a>)
A squirrel is seen eating vegetables from the White House Garden (Via @ObamaFoodorama)

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While furloughed government employees and others are doing some belt-tightening during the U.S. government shutdown, one group in Washington has been reaping huge benefits.

The squirrels living around the White House are feasting on First Lady Michelle Obama’s garden, which was left largely unattended because the maintenance staff has been furloughed.

According to the Obama Foodorama, a blog that serves as an unofficial “archive of record about Obama Administration food and nutrition initiatives,” weeds are starting to infest the once well-manicured garden and vegetables are falling off the plants and rotting on the ground

The beneficiaries of all of this? The White House squirrels.

According to Eddie Gehman Kohan, the founder of the blog, the squirrels have become more aggressive with the absence of caretakers. “The squirrels are always a problem in the garden, eating the berry crop in the summer months,” she wrote in an October 11 blog post. “But they're now kids in a candy store, gorging themselves.”

Another intruder taking advantage of the unguarded garden is a fox, Kohan reported.

“The fox is apparently entrenched, according to my sources, since Park Service gave up on trying to catch him/her when shutdown began,” she wrote in an email.  “I have not personally seen him or her, however.  [I] have seen a new hawk on grounds by garden, which I never saw prior to the shutdown.”

While Kohan can’t put a dollar value on the 30 different kinds of organic vegetables in the garden that are going to waste, she did say the 1,500 square foot garden is “in the midst of high production with both late summer and cool season vegetables, and there is a lot of food in there.”

Kohan said she’d asked the White House if volunteers from area food banks could come in and harvest some of the wasting food, but she said she’d gotten no response.

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by: david5300 from: ohio
October 19, 2013 8:33 PM
People can not eat the vegetables or what ever else grows there because the Carter administration backfilled the area with sludge that was found to have come from a Toxic Dump. So not only will you get your daily requirement of iron and manganese but also lead, mercury and PCB's


by: Corny from: USA
October 17, 2013 10:56 PM
Why are the squirrels in the White House garden? The nuts are in the House of Representatives.


by: InDC from: DC
October 17, 2013 10:12 AM
The squirrels are behind the shutdown so they could eat all of the garden vegetables. It's a liberal conspiracy against the Republicans! Just joking. At least some of the food is being consumed.

I think they should give the vegetables to food banks or food kitchens to prepare nutritious meals. People are struggling all over the country and I don't feel like the nation's capital should waste things other people can use.


by: Abel Ogah from: Oju Benue state Nigeria
October 17, 2013 7:49 AM
these animals will definitely fast and pray for shutdowns to roll in often.

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