Friday, February 16, 2018

Twiggy the waterskiing squirrel is coming to Detroit

Posted By on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 10:23 AM

  • Photo: Michigan Boating Industries Association

In days such as these, what everyone really needs is something to lift the spirits and calm the heart. Something to bring a little joy and whimsy into this so-called life. What everyone needs is a little bit of Twiggy, the waterskiing squirrel. 

Started from the bottom, now she here.
  • Started from the bottom, now she here.

And lucky for us, the chance to see Twiggy is coming, courtesy of the 60th annual Detroit Boat Show happening at Cobo Center this Saturday through Feb. 25. The show is touted as "Michigan's biggest winter rendezvous" and a chance to hang out at a tiki bar, see some cool boats, and delight in the knowledge that summer will be here soon eventually.

Twiggy, a stage name of sorts that has been adapted by generations of waterskiing squirrels since the '70s, was born when two hippies good samaritans found an orphaned squirrel and "raised it as a family pet who would ride on their shoulders even as they dipped in the pool." Soon, the family learned teaching squirrels to waterski could be parlayed into a successful career, including this memorable moment in Anchorman.

If you can't make Twiggy's performances at the Boat Show, you can always delight in the unofficial Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel Facebook page, which is described as "Just a squirrel who loves water skiing and dank memes" and features a variety of militia-wielding rodents.

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