This paper examines the orientation of red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) released at a distance from their home range, after having been displaced along a standardized detour with full view of the landscape. Their initial choice of homing directions was totally random, in contrast to the good homeward orientation of squirrels in a previous study that were displaced in identical conditions except that the displacement routes were straight. No other aspect of homing behavior was affected by the difference in treatment. This finding suggests that the relative straightness of outward journeys in spontaneous excursions by squirrels and a variety of other mammals is important for correct return orientation.