There's a special kind of wrath reserved for the person who taps out the toilet paper and doesn't replace the roll, right?

Well, we've got some recent video to share of a genuine TP bandit, though given the culprit's cuteness and all-around work ethic it's hard to imagine getting too angry.

Christa Lawrence was camping with her family in the Upper Shunda Creek Campground in south-central Alberta, Canada when her father noticed an American red squirrel tugging a whole scroll of toilet paper out of the men's outhouse.

Paying its entertained onlookers no mind, the squirrel threw all its energy into the task at hand: namely, getting as big a bundle of tissue stuffed in its jaws as possible. We're not sure what brand of TP the campground stocks in its washrooms, but props to the quality: the roll withstands quite a bit of frantic yanking before the squirrel manages to tear its prize off and dash away with it.

Lawrence reported the squirrel came back again and again that day to conduct more brazen raids on the men's outhouse – and the next morning the women's was similarly burglarised.

"Clearly he'd done this before," Lawrence told CBC News.

Presumably all that stolen TP was destined for the red squirrel's nest, which may be an existing hollow in a tree trunk or a scaffold made from leaves and twigs. (Another favoured nest location is the interior of "witches' brooms", dense overgrowths of branches and twigs often caused by pathogens or parasites such as dwarf mistletoe.)

Whether a cavity shelter or a leaf nest (called a "drey"), squirrels will line their abode with soft bedding. That's typically natural material such as moss or grass, but this particular squirrel seems to have found the perfect insulation sourced from the privies of Upper Shunda Creek Campground.

With the Canadian winter not terribly far off at this point, this squirrel may be wise to shore up its domicile with some extra-plush lining. Given the quantity of TP it made off with, we can only imagine it's got quite the pad at this point.



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