This past weekend we fulfilled a journalistic dream, Anchorman-style, when we filmed a water-skiing squirrel named Twiggy performing at the Denver Boat Show. You haven't lived until you've seen a tiny woodland creature wearing a lifejacket and being towed behind a remote-control boat in a kiddie pool in the corner of a cavernous convention center filled with $80,000 speed boats and the smell of food-cart sausages.
Check out our videos below.
The legend of Twiggy goes something like this, according to her website:
In 1978, Chuck and Lou Ann Best rescued a baby squirrel after she was blown from her nest during a hurricane. The Florida couple treated the squirrel like a pet, even taking her camping and swimming. One year, Chuck bought the couple's daughter a remote-control boat for her birthday. When friends ribbed him about playing with it himself, he made a joke: "I have to learn to drive the boat so I can teach my squirrel to water-ski."
And he did. In 1979, the local paper wrote a story about Twiggy, which led to bigger stories and TV appearances. Twiggy has since been in five movies, including Anchorman, and countless television shows -- most recently, America's Got Talent.
In 1998, Twiggy's performances took on a new meaning. The year before, Chuck died from a heart attack while trying to save his stepfather, who'd gone overboard while boating. Lou Ann now uses Twiggy's talents to promote water safety.
Lou Ann was on hand this past weekend with Twiggy No. 8. That's Lou Ann standing in the pool as Twiggy does her thing for the children. Below our videos, check out a (much better) clip from America's Got Talent. The slow-motion part is our favorite.