Looping The Loop

artwhiz47

Hamburg, United States

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Once upon a time, in a maple tree close, close by…. This is one of the current crop of Eastern Gray Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis), born in about August of 2017, to a familiar resident parent who goes by the name of Little Face or Slappy (she once slapped a chipmunk across the face – I can personally attest to it). There are two of these skinny tailed sprats about, & with our help, they & their mother have endured the rigors of an unusually cold winter. This individual (they are known as Skinny Tail One & Skinny Tail Two, but there’s no telling which is really which) is making an effort to look squirrel-like by putting its tail over its back in what would be an elegant curve were its tail in any way ‘normal’. The result is an apparent loop for hanging, though I don’t think Skinny Tail would take kindly to being suspended from a branch of the Christmas tree. This rat-tail look is a family trait, & it was also exhibited by ST 1 & 2’s grandmother Rupert. Rupert’s rope of a tail didn’t fill out until she was nearly a year old. And Rupert also had a sibling with the same characteristic.
This is not the best of photos (taken through a double-glazed window in the back door – but had I tried opening the door, my subject would have fled), but it surely gets the point across.

Hamburg, NY
January 2018

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