Derrick Downey Jr. is a comedian and content creator based in Los Angeles, who went viral on Tiktok with 5.5 million people checking him out sharing some snacks with his neighbors Maxine and Richard, who happen to be squirrels.
@derrickdowneyjr #fyp ♬ original sound – Derrick Downey Jr
People loved their chill energy and humor, which got him quickly dubbed the “Squirrel Whisperer”. Now with almost a million followers on TikTok, his fans have been sending gifts for Richard and Maxine.
@derrickdowneyjr #fyp #foryoupage ♬ original sound – Derrick Downey Jr
Richard and Maxine both clearly love to hang out.
@derrickdowneyjr Greetings. He makes sure he gets my attention #fyp #furfriends #squirrel #animals #love ♬ original sound – Derrick Downey Jr
So Derrick started building for his squirrel pals so they’d have their own private space when hanging in his backyard.
@derrickdowneyjr A two story house 🐿 #squirrels #fyp #foryoupage ♬ original sound – Derrick Downey Jr
Derrick’s squirrel-centric construction even got him featured in Architectural Digest!
And then they were interviewed on the Kelly Clarkson Show!
@derrickdowneyjr Y’all, I still can’t believe I’m on @Kelly Clarkson Show God is so good! Richard, we did it. #kellyclarksonshow #daytimetv #derrickdowneyjr ♬ original sound – Derrick Downey Jr
Here they are getting ready for New Year’s Eve.
@derrickdowneyjr 2023 we ready! #happynewyear #2023 ♬ original sound – Derrick Downey Jr
Derrick also likes to share positive affirmations and nose kisses with his squirrel neighbors.
@derrickdowneyjr Nose kiss #motivation #begreat #foryou ♬ original sound – Derrick Downey Jr
Richard also appreciates some private time to watch his new favorite show Animal Control. Let’s hope he invites Derrick in for the next episode.
@derrickdowneyjr Richard needs to move over, I'm trying to watch #animalcontrolfox. Watch the premiere February 16 on @foxtv, next day Hulu. @comedyclubfox #ad ♬ original sound – Derrick Downey Jr
You can Follow Derrick, Richard, and Maxine at @derrickdowneyjr on Instagram and TikTok.
For another fun lil’ critter, check out the Adventures of Prairie Chuck.