Skip to main content

Video: Duluth boat show features famous water skiing squirrel

  • Author:
  • Updated:

The Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel & RV Show kicked off its 50th anniversary earlier in the week. For five days, the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center is featuring plenty of boats, sporting equipment and special guests. One of those being a water skiing squirrel.

The squirrel's name is Twiggy, and he'll be gliding around a pool in the Lake Superior Ballroom through Sunday.

Twiggy was trained to ski by Lou Ann Best of Florida. According to her Facebook page, Best rescued a baby squirrel in 1978. Then as a joke, she helped train it to water ski behind a remote-controlled boat.

Word of the water skiing squirrel spread, and then it wasn't long before she and her furry friend were doing shows across the globe.

Now, Best continues to rescue squirrels, and she teaches them how to ride around on mini water skis, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

She told the paper it takes about a year of training before a squirrel is ready to perform in front of a crowd.

Watch Twiggy in action below.

The boat show wraps up Sunday. It runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Next Up

Tettegouche State Park bridge

Trails reopen as waters subside, but bridges damaged at Tettegouche State Park

Water levels on the river have dropped about six to eight feet since Friday.

Keith Harvell

Body pulled from Mississippi River ID'd as missing Elk River man

Keith Harvell had been missing since early last month.

900 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - July 2021

2 victims identified in double-fatal north Minneapolis shooting

A 21-year-old man and a 51-year-old man were identified as the people who died at the scene this past weekend.

Proctor football

Former Proctor HS football player pleads guilty to sexual assault of teammate

The case will also remain in juvenile court, with conditions.

Doug Wardlow

Doug Wardlow reneges on promise, will challenge GOP's AG candidate in primary

Wardlow's announcement sparked swift criticism from the MN GOP and the party-endorsed candidate, Jim Schultz.

Flickr - welcome to minnesota sign - Tony Webster

US News '150 Best Places to Live' features 1 from MN, 3 from WI

The latest US News list is for the most populous metro areas only, so no small towns.


7 tornadoes touched down last week in western MN, ND

Two of the seven were EF-2 level tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, May 17

72 hours of case data reported over the weekend is included in Tuesday updates.

Stallings surveillance footage - screengrab - crop

City of Minneapolis, Jaleel Stallings reach $1.5M settlement

Although a settlement was made, the city will not admit fault or take any responsibility for the incident as part of the agreement with Stallings.


2 rescued after kayaks capsize on Sauk River

Recent heavy rainfall produced a strong currents on the water.