Leucistic American Red Squirrel ~ Growing Apace


Hamburg, United States

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This baby Red & his siblings have figured in my most recent posts… they are constant sources of amusement, to us, if not to their long-suffering mother. Of the five (we now know that there were five) born to Little Red a few weeks ago, three had these leucistic (white without being albino) characteristics (the bellies don’t count – they’re always bright white!), while two were brownish overall. The smallest, the runt of the litter, was one of these mousey little fellows, & unfortunately, he didn’t make it. With a mortality rate of 70% in the first several months, young Red squirrels are always at risk. And when you watch them gamboling & bouncing around in the lawn, you understand why. When they are very small, their mother, despite being driven completely crazy by them, is reasonably protective, but before long, she’ll be driving them out of her territory.
Yesterday was the first day I saw any of them exhibiting this ‘prairie dog’ behavior, a common enough pose for adult squirrels in general, & today, this character actually allowed me the time to set up this shot. He did move ever so slightly, but not enough to really blur the image. Good Boy!!
North American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) baby, about 2/3 grown. I think he’s in the process of growing into those back feet.
Hamburg, NY
10 September 2015

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