Thursday, November 12, 2009
Hungry Fox Squirrel
I have five pictures of him for you today because I'm especially proud of these shots of him. These may be the best pictures of a squirrel that I've ever gotten. I think I was amazingly lucky this time. Even a day later my attempts to duplicate this level of photography have failed.
It was just so interesting and fun watching as this little guy gobbled up three acorns right in front of me. Every once in a while he would look up at me just to make sure I wasn't a danger, but he would quickly go back about his business of devouring his snacks. I also discovered something very interesting.
You can even see his individual knuckles in these photos! The fur on his fingers is two colors; black on the knuckles and brown on the rest of the finger. Compared to a human he has extra long fingers and wicked looking claws on the ends. I once saw a werewolf in a movie with hands just like his.
After chasing the monkeys around for quite some time, the police finally got a much better look at one of them. They even got a picture. It turned out that the monkeys were not monkeys at all. They were actually fox squirrels just like this one. The police said that they were the biggest squirrels they had ever seen.
I've always thought squirrels are the closest thing we have to monkeys here in the United States. They share many traits between them. Both are excellent tree climbers that use their tails for balance. Both have almost human hands. They both like to throw things at humans. Both are very intelligent creatures. They are both rather aggressive creatures, though monkeys are much more so.
As I've mentioned before, I'm not done with this little guy yet. I hope you'll still find him entertaining in the days to come. He may have been the most interesting little creature I've met up with so far. Almost as friendly as the raccoons that I met. And as curious as many of the deer that have come close to me.
I'll be back tomorrow with something new and different from my new little friend.