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Boy keeps dead squirrel in backpack in hopes to bring it home for dinner

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Squirrel. It’s what’s for dinner. Well, it almost was if one Oklahoma kid has his way after an Oklahoma City woman said her son was found carrying a dead squirrel in his backpack.

In a Facebook post, Ladye M. Hobson shared that the boy’s elementary school principal had called her to alert her that staff found the dead rodent in her child’s “$50 Pottery Barn backpack.”

When she questioned the principal the reason her son gave for grabbing the dead squirrel and stowing it away in his backpack, Ladye said her son replied, “I really wanted squirrel dumplings for dinner tonight.”

The mom goes on to say that the principal then asked if she wanted the squirrel to come home with her son, to which she responded, “Y'all, I had to explain that we are from the country, but we're not THAT country,” adding that she doesn’t mean to offend those who do enjoy squirrel dumplings.

The elementary school principal then snapped a photo of the squirrel, which she said “looked so peaceful lying there in his bag.”

For you curious foodies out there, here is a recipe for squirrel dumplings from backwoodsbound.com.

  • 3 squirrels, cut up (All hair and shot removed.)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cup broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • salt and pepper
  1. Boil squirrels in four quarts of water until tender. Remove squirrels from broth, let cool, then remove meat from bones. Set aside.
  2. In large bowl, mix flour, egg and one teaspoon of salt with 3/4 cup of broth and roll into ball.
  3. Strain the broth to remove any stray shot then resume boil. Return meat to boiling broth.
  4. On a floured cutting board, use rolling pin to roll the dough ball to a thickness of 1/16 inch. Cut into 1-inch wide strips and drop strips one at a time into the boiling broth. Gently shake pot after last dumpling is added to prevent sticking.
  5. Cook approximately 10-15 minutes until dumplings are tender. Salt and pepper to taste.

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