So I took a squirrel-eyed view of the situation from a near-by tree. Sure enough, they would always park themselves a short distance from Dante and basically look him square in the eye. They must know that Dante would never hurt them. Dante is a gentle giant and does everything he can to sublimate his natural instincts in such circumstances because he knows that life is very PURRecious in all its forms.
Take a look for yourself ...
It's obvious that Dante has a great interest in this PURRticular species. In fact, he's the #1 PURRponent for the ethical treatment of the 'Sciuridae' family as a whole.
"Look but dont touch", says Dante.
"Drool but dont eat. It's da way ta SALIVATION!"
What a guy!