Squirrel selfie teenager 'taught a lesson' when the creature leaped on his back

Brian Genest spotted the grey squirrel during a walk near Tampa, Florida

A US teenager who attempted to snap a selfie with a seemingly friendly grey squirrel was given a shock when the creature got scared and leapt onto his back.

17-year-old Brian Genest from Auburn, Alabama, spotted the rodent on a hand rail while as he walked through a park in near Tampa, Florida.

Genest then seized the opportunity to take a potentially perfect selfie, and approached the squirrel while making clicking sounds with his tongue to get closer, before posing next to the critter.

But the flash light and noises that came from his camera phone startled the squirrel, who subsequently climbed under his shirt and hung onto his back before scampering back out.

“He was just in that spot where my arm can't reach him,” Genest said. “I threw myself on the ground, and that scared him off.”

A squirrel clings to the back of Brian Genest (AP/Brian Genest) A squirrel clings to the back of Brian Genest (AP/Brian Genest)

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Genest's mother, Paula Wright, snapped photos of the scene, originally posted to his Instagram feed along with his selfie.

She said that the spectacle Saturday taught him a lesson, adding that neither her son nor the squirrel was harmed.

Additional reporting by AP

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