November 02, 2012
Shades of Grey (Squirrels Mating)
Wrote reader Gini Moore:
I captured quite a unique photo today. I call it Shades of Grey. I had never seen squirrels mating before and, of course, had never seen two different shades of grey squirrels in flagrante delicto.
A Wikipedia article on black squirrels explains: Eighteen Canadian black squirrels were released at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., near the beginning of the 20th century during President Theodore Roosevelt's administration.
Since their introduction, the population of black squirrels in and near Washington has slowly but steadily increased, and black squirrels now account for up to half of the squirrel population in certain locations, such as the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral.
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"... they both realized they could eat their nuts AND mate at the same time."
This is Bartlett's worthy.
I bow to the new master: clifyt
Posted by: bookofjoe | Nov 2, 2012 6:52:15 PM
I was at a friends a few weeks ago and took a photo of something like this as well. It was hilarious as hell. We were woke up to a thump on her window that turned out to be acorns smacking the window.
The two would be going at it, and then one would see a nut and stop and run over to grab it and start to eat, leaving the other to sit there a little upset. And then the gluttonous one would reluctantly go back to the boring mating that had to be done and then a minute later, the one that was demanding it would see an acorn and HE'D run to a nut leaving the girl squirrel hanging. And they would repeat the process over and over changing sides until they both realized they could eat their nuts AND mate at the same time.
I never saw happier squirrels!
Posted by: clifyt | Nov 2, 2012 4:46:15 PM
Same expression as my ex.
Posted by: JoePeach | Nov 2, 2012 2:56:37 PM
His eyes look appropriately glazed. Her: Oh God, another twelve mouths to feed; were those pecans or hickory nuts I saw on the way up?; why can't he hurry it up; I gotta pack on another ounce at least; is it November already?
Posted by: Flautist | Nov 2, 2012 2:41:02 PM
I know of two locations in Missouri where albino squirrel populations manage to survive.
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Nov 2, 2012 2:21:57 PM
I dream of a day when an interracial squirrel union is no longer surprising or noteworthy.
I have a dream today.
Posted by: Nathan | Nov 2, 2012 1:08:06 PM
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