Friday, June 13, 2008

A Squirrel's Progression to Naptime

A few days ago when it finally turned hot and humid here (mid to upper 90s), I decided to take a walk to see how the animals were faring in the heat. I cannot even express how glad I was that I had the mind to take my camera!
It all started when I was standing in the shade of a tree to cool off after the long trek to my favorite pond. There was suddenly movement above me, so I looked up and spotted a young male squirrel. He looked like he was really dragging, and flopped down on a tree branch while examining me.

After he decided that I was not a threat, he changed positions and started to doze off.


I guess that was not a comfortable enough position, so he got up and switched positions once again to lay on his side. Unfortunately I could not climb the tree to get a picture from above, but I did get his foot and draped tail.This little foot peeking over the tree branch was so cute, so I just had to stick around a bit to see what other positions this youngster might get himself into. I am so glad that I waited because in a very short time, he changed position once more and was fast asleep. Notice that he has balled up his front paws and curled up on his side right on a tree branch. The mystery of how and where squirrels sleep on hot summer afternoons has now been solved!

5 comments:

BeadedTail said...

So cute!

Laura said...

Wow! You really got close to that squirrel!

Cindy said...

Ahhh, he is so cute! What great pictures you have!

Merlin said...

So cute!!

Holly said...

Oh, those pictures are sooo painfully adorable! I study nature alot and I don't think I've seen one curled up quite like that. Usually I see them splayed out over tree limbs and that looks so comfy.