Squirrel goes nuts on teen taking selfie

CRAZED ANIMAL: Before-and-after pictures show that now all selfies are a good idea.
CRAZED ANIMAL: Before-and-after pictures show that now all selfies are a good idea.

A teenager who took a selfie with a squirrel found out the hard way that not all creatures are snap happy.

Brian Genest, 17, of the US state of Maine, saw what he thought was a friendly squirrel on a handrail while walking through a park this week.

Being a typical teenager of the selfie generation, he pulled out his smartphone and bent to get closer to the critter.

However, an instant after the picture was taken the startled squirrel scrambled under the teen's shirt and latched onto his back.

Genest reacted just as quickly and ran screaming down the boardwalk.

"He was just in that spot where my arm can't reach him," he said.

"I threw myself on the ground, and that scared him off."

Genest's mother, Paula Wright, snapped photos of the hoopla, originally posted to his Instagram feed along with his selfie.

She thought the drama might have taught her son a lesson.

"I think he got a little lesson from the squirrel that he's not really its buddy," she said.

Neither her son nor the squirrel were harmed, she said.

Fairfax Media