I was driving to dinner earlier today when I saw this event.
Mr. Squirrel leaped ran to the side of the road and paused. At first I thought, “Hey a smart squirrel. He’s realized the car in front of me would hit him if he tries to make it.” No such luck. A truck approached from the opposite direction. Maybe Mr. Squirrel did not look in my direction? Maybe he did and in turning to see the truck forgot about the car in front of me. Either way, he leaped into the road about 1/3 across at the first landing spot. The second leap had him hit head first the driver’s side door of the car in front of me. I hit my brakes to come to a stop. The truck coming from the opposite direction did the same. Mr. Squirrel darted across between the car in front of me and mine to make it into the woods.
Natural selection failed today.