Squirrel( Rinky? ) camera issue

I have been playing around in Blender since I first saw “Big Buck Bunny.” Now I’ve just been trying to pose Rinky, I think his name is, not sure, but it’s the tall dumb looking squirrel. Just downloaded the model from their site and such, loaded it. It renders fine, but if I try to zoom the camera in close it does nothing but crash every time I try and render a zoomed scene. I’m sure it’s just some settings, but I don’t know… I’m a noob, of course. I don’t understand why it just won’t let my render a close shot of him. I’ve had a few problems where it just crashes upon trying to render, I just assumed it was my noobness, but I would do absolutely nothing once I load his model but zoom the camera via the lens option and it just won’t render… Hope someone can help…