Furry Munchkin

Ground Squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi)

There are so many Ground Squirrels in the park that normally I don’t stop to film them. This one squatted in the spotlight of the big flat rock in the middle of the Burrowing Owl Sanctuary (no owls yet, sorry) as if it owned the place. It looked well padded for the rigors of winter. It shaved tiny bites off whatever it held in its paws. I couldn’t identify the object of its fascination. After each bite, like a devout Buddhist, the squirrel chewed maybe a hundred times before swallowing. If it swallowed. They have roomy pouches in their jaws where they can store food for future needs. After a while, it did something I haven’t seen a squirrel do before. It lay flat on its belly, with its arms forward, and continued its meal in that position. I had to smile and I couldn’t help but take video and share it with you.

You’ll find a couple of dozen other posts with images and/or videos about Ground Squirrels on this blog, here.

Ground Squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi)

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