It reads like one of those fake news stories you encounter on Facebook but it is true. The city of Longview, Washington has voted to make their official city mascot the squirrel according to news reports. If you are not from Longview, you might wonder why a squirrel was chosen. It turns out that Longview has a strange infatuation with squirrels and even have multiple landmarks that have to do with them.

They have 5 squirrel bridges and a wooden squirrel statue with a sixth bridge about to be built. They also have a yearly festival called Squirrel Fest which started in 2011 and had over 7,500 people attend last year.

My question is...why not just change the name of the city to Squirrelston or Squirrelsville?