Okay, it's time for some true (wild)life humor:
Have any of you ever seen a squirrel fall out of a tree? It is a rare occurrence for sure. I had a ring-side view of such an event.
A squirrel with the confidence of an Evil Knievel attempted a daring jump through thin air from point A to point B - a span of at least four or five feet. Point A and point B were both skinny little twigs with questionable support value. What was that squirrel thinking?
But then, we're talking about a squirrel here. What could possibly go wrong?
The launch was successful, as was the arrival at point B. However, unplanned laws of physics began to show their ugly heads.
The sudden loading of squirrel weight on the bendy little twig caused it to flex and weave uncontrollably. In short, there was major slippage in the squirrel's grippage.
Then, gravity took over...causing the squirrel to free-fall at least 20 feet at a gravity acceleration rate of 9.8 meters/per second/per second until crash landing on planet earth.
Fortunately, 15 inches of snow cushioned the impact. The squirrel dug itself out of the fluffy white stuff and sat there for a moment assessing the situation. It was probably using a mental slide rule to re-calculate the bending stress limits of slender maple tree twigs.
With that done, it scampered away in search of more substantial tree branches in which to play.