There is no easy answer to this question, but here she is again. Little Red, otherwise known as Little Snot, Fits-&-Starts, & a host of less-savory sobriquets. And How Many Pics Of Squirrels Can Any One Person Post? Well, as long as these faces & forms keep turning up (& their numbers are legion), this photographer will catch ‘em & subject the good people of RedBubble to them. This is the very same Little Red who, vying for the Mother of the Decade award, carried seven little Ping-Pong-ball-sized sprats from our back shed to the neighbors’ maple tree. That was several weeks ago… but where ARE they? North American Red Squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) have a poor track record when it comes to surviving infancy, but come on.
As I stand on the steps staring down at this ball o’ fire, I hurl epithets at her with reckless abandon. But I usually follow them with YOU ARE SO CUTE! Because, dammit, she IS! And she, for her part, bats nary an eye.
Hamburg, NY ~ August 2013