Do you have a favorite wild animal? I don't mean just a type of animal, like deer, squirrel, bluebird, or duck. I mean one specific animal that you have seen somewhere. A single animal that, in your mind, has become a familiar face and a friend. One that you can tell apart from others of it's species.
I think I have such an animal. It's this little red squirrel here. I've seen it many times on several different trips. I have worried over it's safety a few times, and I've caught it spying on me as was leaving. I haven't seen it in over a month, but I hope it's still in the same place, and I hope it's still alive.
I think of this little squirrel as my friend, although I'm not so sure the squirrel ever thought so kindly of me. It's okay, I still like him. This red squirrel has something in common with the black squirrel I showed you yesterday. It was the first red squirrel I ever got a picture of. In fact, it was the only one I've ever seen. Until now.
I was beginning to think maybe the red squirrels were very rare here. I never saw another one, so I figured I must be right. Then I started reading that they were supposedly quite common. I thought I'd believe it when I see it.
Well, now I see it. Maybe there aren't that many of them in the other place with my friend, but in the new place with the black squirrels, there are plenty of them. I have a picture here of another little red squirrel sitting on a tree branch.
I know it's not the best picture I've ever had on this blog, but it's evidence of more of these little guys. This place was literally crawling with squirrels. There were at least four different varieties right in the immediate area. I'll show you what I mean in a few days.
If you look closely, you can see in this last picture that this new red squirrel seems to be eating something. I don't know what his snack might be, but anyone who wants to can speculate on it. I guess the meal he's having is why he stopped long enough for the photo. Thank you, little red.
Even though I found a small tribe of red squirrels in a different place and time, my favorite animal is still my original red squirrel. He almost seems to recognize me when I visit. Maybe not, but I can at least pretend. He is my friend, after all. What's yours?