In A Past Life, I Was A Big, Blurry Bear....


Hamburg, United States

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UPDATE… Rupert is indeed a girl!!!

This, ladies & gentlemen, is Rupert, the Dancing Fool. He (or she… still not sure) is an expert at the spin, the Highland Fling, & perhaps the Charleston. In any given moment he can produce any dance step you can name. Rupert dances, spins, claws at the air, loses his balance & falls over (sideways, backwards), & often grabs my pantleg to stabilize himself. ‘Stable’ is not necessarily a word I’d apply to The Rupe, but he is entertaining in the extreme. Rupert will rotate indefinitely as I twirl a peanut over his head; nothing deters him. He is also very adept at catching the peanut as I drop it from a height of about a foot to sixteen inches. Yesterday he beat me to the punch… I normally sit on the back doorstep, making the peanut-drop reasonable, & giving him the option of grabbing my pantleg when things spin out of control. But yesterday afternoon I was still standing on the doorstep, dangling the peanut some four FEET above Rupert’s head, preparatory to sitting down in my usual position. But Rupert said To Hell With You, Peanut Tree, & leaped straight up, covering that four feet in a nano-second (it seemed), grabbing the peanut with dead-on accuracy, dropping to the floor & bouncing down to another step to partake. In the process, he delivered one tiny puncture wound to my finger ~ his wee claw was responsible, & the damage is practically non-existent. Like his grandmother Lady Grey, he is a careful guy/girl, despite his joie de vivre.
As you can imagine, getting a photo of Rupert is well-nigh impossible. He is constantly gyrating, or moving laterally, or just plain bouncing up & down. I would dearly love to get a shot of that one outstretched hand as he tilts sideways in search of my leg, but the ones I did snap were entirely out of focus.
Rupert has a very skinny, ratlike tail, with little sproings sticking out here & there, & a presentable tuft at the end. This seems to be a permanent condition as it has not changed in months. His sibling is The Hood Ornament, & she can be seen sneaking up behind him here. She IS a she & is less aggressive than Rupe. But she, too, is a Skinny-Tail… not as skinny as Rupert’s, but not the luxuriant mess that her other relatives display. The notion that these big, bushy tails act in some way as rudders or balancing devices is apparently erroneous ~ Rupert is probably our most active (not including the manic Reds) squirrel, leaping with abandon from pillar to post, never missing a beat (except when tilting in my direction… maybe he just loves me, & falls over on my leg like a young swain sighing & stretching & getting his arm around the girl in the cinema….)

Not great photography, but Great Rupert.

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