Thursday, February 3, 2011
|photo by Jonathan Schechter|
The setting: Dodge 4 State Park on the shore of Cass Lake.
Before you read another word look at the expressions of the squirrels.
The bottom one is pretending she is busy chewing on a nut. And the top guy is doing one of those, "If I don't move and look at you, then you don't see me", the same sort of attitude a nervous teen in a group might take when a Sherrif's Deputy asks questions.
Well, let me tell you squirrels something: I watched you long enough to take this picture and had about a 10 second eye-full of your nutty interspecies shenanigans on a tree limb.
And here is the rest of the story! The upper limb squirrel, (Mr.You Don't See Me) is a fox squirrel, while (Little Miss Innocence) on the lower limb is a gray squirrel. And what you can't see in the picture is a hole in the side of the oak tree between the two of them. Both of them; let me spell that out,
B O T H squirrels emerged togeather and scampered off to seperate limbs like they did not even see each other. Trust me. They did.
I see one of three scenerios.
1. Everything is innocent and they are sharing a tree hole for cuddle warmth.
2. They are not cuddling but sharing the tree hole for nut storage.
3. They are interspecies friends - very close friends - and don't give a shake of their furry tails what others may think.