Teen's selfie with a squirrel goes wrong; photo-sensitive rodent leaps onto him after flash goes off

Pinellas County - The picture could become one of the most classic viral selfies ever.

Brian Genest, 17, was in the Tampa, Fla., area visiting from Maine when his family decided to go for a hike at a park in Palm Harbor.

While they were walking up one of the bridged pathways, Genest spotted a friendly looking squirrel, so he decided to snap a selfie photo.

Sure enough, the squirrel complied, until the flash from the camera apparently caused the squirrel to have a change of heart.

"He jumped on my shoulder and went down my shirt," Genest said.

It was all captured on camera. 

The squirrel ran up and around his back. Genest started flailing to get the animal off.

"I ended up doing a stop, drop and roll kind of thing," he said.

The squirrel then took off into the woods.

You might be wondering how it was all captured on camera if he was flailing around. Genest’s mother, Paula, helped capture the moment.

"I was thinking this is going to be hilarious," she said.

The entire family thought it was funny, and they are still laughing.

As for Genest, he's just a little stunned at how much attention he has gotten from the encounter with the photo-sensitive rodent.

His future brother-in-law posted the series of photos on Reddit. In just a couple of days, it gained close to 2 million views.

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