There have been many celebrity animals over the years including Lassie, Benji, Winter the Dolphin, and now there is Twiggy, the 10-year-old waterskiing squirrel. Twiggy has amazed and astonished moviegoers for years and appeared in the films Dodgeball and Anchorman and was also a contestant on America’s Got Talent. The Toronto Boat Show runs from January 12-January 21 and over the weekend, fans were delighted to see Twiggy perform live. While Twiggy is a huge hit with kids and adults and has a thriving movie career, some felt that the squirrel was being exploited and shouldn’t have been waterskiing. Some even felt that PETA should be involved in helping Twiggy live a more typical life of a rodent.
Despite any controversy, Twiggy was undoubtedly the star attraction as he was situated upon his little contraption with a red life jacket affixed to his neck and began his adventure around a pool.
Photos and videos of Twiggy at the Toronto Boat Show have gone viral and Twiggy now has fans across the globe.
— Spexon Toronto (@spexontoronto) January 13, 2018
Twiggy has his own Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. The story of how Twiggy came to be a star and dates back to Florida in 1978 and the very first Twiggy. In 1978, a Florida couple named Chuck and Lou Ann Best rescued a baby squirrel. They named him Twiggy, adopted him, and he became part of their family.
They had purchased a remote control car for one of their children and Twiggy always accompanied the family on their outings. Twiggy often sat on Chuck Best’s shoulder when they went in the water and before long, they successfully trained Twiggy to water ski.
Twiggy isn’t the only animal they trained to perform water tricks either, but he is the biggest star.
Chuck Best passed away in 1997, and Lou Ann continues to teach “Twiggy” how to water ski. It is believed that this Twiggy is Twiggy the Fourth.
— China Xinhua News (@XHJapanese) January 15, 2018
You may watch multiple videos of Twiggy in the video playlist below.
Here is a video of Twiggy in training.
Just because it's a weekday doesn't mean everyone's favourite water skiing squirrel isn't hitting the water! Twiggy performs today at 2:30PM and 6:00PM! pic.twitter.com/lfehS24PyH
— Toronto Boat Show (@TorontoBoatShow) January 17, 2018
Once a new Twiggy is trained, the current Twiggy retires from show business and lives out the rest of his days as part of the Best family. Not only did the Best’s successfully train the first Twiggy in 1979, but they have continued to train other squirrels in the same manner for over thirty years. It has now become a Best family legacy.
What do you think about Twiggy the Waterskiing squirrel? Are you impressed that they have trained squirrels to perform like this? Are you part of the opposing side that views this as exploitation?