Despite Sammy's visibly portly frame, all those tasty cobs haven't slowed him down. By all accounts, says Maclean, he's still a perfectly active squirrel.
"Sammy is always running, up and down the tree, around the yard," he says. "We watch him jumping from tree to tree."
The happy rodent's bulging waistline aside, "Generally, there's nothing wrong with feeding squirrels, but we typically tell people that once you start, more will keep coming. Soon you could be feeding them all," Jack Banagis, from the New England Wildlife Center, told The Dodo.
Some food is better than others, with corn on the cob being "totally OK for them to eat," with one slight caveat:
"We would normally recommend small portions, but I think it's okay."
Sammy would no doubt agree, appearing to be perfectly content with his rounder new figure. In fact, after seeing Sammy's photo, the center's executive director Dr. Greg Mertz wondered if the added weight might make evading predators a bit more difficult, but concurred that he really was "probably the happiest and fattest" squirrel in America - a distinction that plump Sammy looks to be all ears to hear.