Remember my legendary Saturday Squirrel, Foxy? He was the young squirrel pup that was roaming around my neighborhood last winter with the brightest orange tail I’ve ever seen on a sciurine. It was speculated by some of my readers that the curiously bright tail may just be a sign of youth that would go away when the squirrel matured. I never did an update on exactly what happened to the one squirrel I could pick out a mile away… the amazing tail just kinda quit appearing as Spring rolled around and the fate of Foxy was put on the back burner as I continued to take interesting photos of the squirrels who did appear in my backyard during the year…
Well, scrolling through my album this morning, I came across the picture you see above, which I took in early April of last year that not only is probably the finally photo I ever took of Foxy with his fluorescent gift, but it also seems to explain why the feature I was able to clearly identify him by disappeared. Foxy himself is probably still frolicking about my backyard… just with a normal grey tail like all the rest of my squirrels have, which you can clearly see growing over his old orange shrubbery in the April photo. I paid no attention to this photo at the time, but finding it today puts my mind at ease that he didn’t get offed by a hawk or a kittycat…
I still miss seeing this out my window, though….
And just a reminder… I got two more entries overnight in my Second Annual Contest of Whatever, bringing the total number of participants up to…….. four. Come on, folks! The deadline is fast approaching! Be sure to submit an entry in accordance with the simple guidelines found here prior to Sunday morning March 1st!
Have a great weekend, and get creative!
Please keep in mind who the first entry was. 😉
Hmmm, I forgot who that was. I’ll have to consult my notes….
Ha ha! Very funny. 😉
girls sometimes change their haircolor… or the tailcolor…then not even glasses help to recognise them :o)
Yeah. I’d love to see some purple fur in the backyard one day… or a nice teal…
Gah! I totally forgot about the contest! I was going to dress EJ as a squirrel and everything…
Don’t think I’m going to even be able to to a quick & dirty convert of his bear costume…but maybe I’ll be able to come up with something…EJ likes to play hide & seek with my stuffed animals
Good luck with an idea if you get the time!
I bet the squirrel is glad to get rid of that butt beacon. He can blend in better. That’s worse the Rudolf with his red nose! 🙂
Yep, I could see him coming a mile away, so I know someone with predator eyes could as well. Although I think a lot of animals are color blind, so maybe not!
And I just now noticed you said “butt beacon”. I had originally read it as “butt bacon”… which totally made sense!
Either way it made sense, It would have been butt bacon for some predator! 🙂
Foxy was [is?] a cutie. Such a lovely shade of orange. Pity it was just a passing fancy, like my niece’s purple hair. Which looked lovely on her, but she got rid of it anyway. Kids these day, don’t you know?
Yeah, if Foxy had access to some hair dye, no doubt they’d probably try to hang on to their original color even longer. Redtails have that kind of attitude….
I think he must have some red squirrel in the woodpile of DNA. On his daddy’s side. Twice removed.
A grey/red hybrid would be really cool! I don’t think it’s actually possible, but it would be cool nonetheless. Hell, just spotting a red would be cool… but I don’t even see any fox squirrels around here, let alone reds.
I am a red fur lover and proud of it! 😀
Nothing wrong with that! Redder is better!
I’m having trouble trying to break the ground rules
You rebel you…
Hope everything’s going OK with you…