DALLAS — It's hot, y'all. And there really isn't any way of escaping it, even with a little rain across North Texas on Thursday.
So perhaps we should take a page from our furry friends.
No, not your dog.
We're talking about squirrels.
Accustomed to the elements, squirrels are resorting their tried-and-true method for staying cool: Splooting.
Let us explain.
You probably have seen your dog do this move: Laying on their stomach, all fours sprawled across the floor. It's simple. It's relaxing. And it's pretty cute, too.
Now, we're in the stage of summer when even frenetic squirrels simply have to slow down and sploot.
WFAA Daybreak anchor Kara Sewell spotted a couple squirrels cooling off via the sploot.
A viewer's follow-up to Kara's tweet produced this incredibly cute pic:
And Dallas Texas TV shared a video of a particularly clever squirrel splooting across a sidewalk vent for maximum cooling effect.
The noted squirrels Facebook account, Squirrels of UT, at the University of Texas at Austin once explained the benefits of splooting for squirrels. Long story short, spreading out like that is a prime way for squirrels to cool themselves down in the heat, as they don't sweat or pant.
Our sister station KENS 5 last week also pointed out the splooting squirrels of San Antonio, where the city's police chief spotted a squirrel cooling off in the shade.
The chief worried the squirrel was dead.
Nope! He was just splooting.