A Doctor Who fan in England gave one squirrel in her garden an unusual upgrade, hanging a homemade feeder that made the animal appear as if it had transformed into one of the show’s iconic villains.
Emma Young, a devoted fan of Doctor Who, spent hours fashioning a squirrel feeder shaped like a Cyberman, one of the Time Lord’s most persistent and terrifying enemies. Taking apart a novelty radio, Young padded the rough edges of the Cyberman’s helmet with felt, filling the inside with a mix of peanuts and peanut butter, according to the Daily Mail. She then hung it in her garden in Beaulieu, Hampshire, waiting for a squirrel to appear.
The first squirrel to approach the Doctor Who themed feeder was understandably nervous, though according to Young, the scent of peanut butter quickly cured the animal of any inherent fear.
“The smell of the peanuts quickly overcame any wariness, and he reached up and got stuck in,” Young said. “It was hilarious to watch. Well worth all the time and effort.”
According to the Mirror, Young said that her entire family are Doctor Who fans, which prompted her to take the time to create the unique squirrel feeder.
The iconic sci-fi series recently aired its annual Christmas specia, as the Inquisitr previously reported. The holiday episode was the first to feature Peter Capaldi as the current twelfth incarnation of the Doctor and cemented the future of actress Jenna Coleman as longtime companion Clara Oswald. Coleman’s status on the show had been in question, with some Doctor Who fans fearing that she would be leaving the show during the Christmas special.
Coleman had stated in interviews during Doctor Who‘s recently concluded eighth season that she wouldn’t reveal her intentions for the future of the show. Steven Moffat, however, confirmed after the episode aired that she would be returning for the entirety of the next season. The decision gives Coleman further time to explore the changed dynamic between Clara and the Doctor that arose when Capaldi took over the role from Matt Smith, whose interpretation of the iconic character was markedly different.
The Cybermen last appeared in the finale of the show’s eighth season. Though its still too early to know if they will feature in Doctor Who‘s upcoming ninth season, they may already have an ally in Young’s Cyber squirrel.
[Image: Chris Balcombe via the Daily Mail]