This story by Devon Warren appeared in The Log, th elocal San Diego boating magazine and website. These guys have a real knack for finding stories that just bring on a smile.
DELTONA, Florida — For decades, the iconic water-skiing squirrel Twiggy has been entertaining trade-show goers, movie fans and others all around the world with her abilities. In April, it was reported Twiggy and handler Lou Ann Best would be retiring from shows.
It all started when Best and her husband, Chuck, found an abandoned baby squirrel in 1978 after her nest had been destroyed by a hurricane. The Bests had previously bought their daughter a toy boat, which they would eventually use to train Twiggy to water-ski.
In 1997, Best’s husband had a boating accident that took his life. Lou Ann, who had stopped showing Twiggy while grieving, took some needed time for reflection. In 1998, she decided to continue the Twiggy shows with a new emphasis on boating safety, according to the official website. Read more.