Here's a guy playing extensively with a squirrel. Would you do this?

I fill up the bird (squirrel) feeder every morning, and the birds (squirrels) are usually out there waiting for me.  I've been tempted to give one a pat, but am far too worried about being bitten and coming down with some sort of squirrel disease that would make my nose twitch and give me a desire to eat peanuts 24/7.

Checking the CDC website, one would become a little concerned when you see things that squirrels could transfer to a human, like the plague and Tularemia, whatever that is.

So I think that yours truly will stay clear of the cute furry little critters, except when I'm filling up the bird....I mean squirrel feeder.