Chocoholic squirrel steals treats from Finnish shop

HELSINKI Wed Aug 1, 2007 4:13pm BST

A squirrel chews on a nut in South Africa in this June 21, 2007 file photo. A Finnish squirrel with a sweet tooth heads to a Finnish grocery shop at least twice a day to steal ''Kinder Surprise'' chocolate-shelled eggs. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

A squirrel chews on a nut in South Africa in this June 21, 2007 file photo. A Finnish squirrel with a sweet tooth heads to a Finnish grocery shop at least twice a day to steal ''Kinder Surprise'' chocolate-shelled eggs.

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HELSINKI (Reuters) - A Finnish squirrel with a sweet tooth heads to a Finnish grocery shop at least twice a day to steal "Kinder Surprise" chocolate-shelled eggs.

"I named it the Kinder-squirrel, after the treats. It always goes after them, other sweets do not seem to interest it as much," the manager of the store in Jyvaskyla, central Finland, told Reuters.

The confectionary, which is intended for children, has a toy inside.

"It removes the foil carefully, eats the chocolate and leaves the store with the toy," Irene Lindroos said.

Unfortunately, the bushy-tailed thief does not clean up after itself, but leaves the wrappers behind, she added.

Squirrels have a well deserved reputation for being clever and adaptable animals. Many a home owner has seen the small rodents raiding their supposedly "squirrel-proof" bird feeders.

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