Short But Sweet

Short tail styles are in this year...

Short tail styles are in this year…

One thing I love about going through a fresh batch of photos I took on one of my squirrel watching expeditions is that I’m never quite sure what I got until I get the pics uploaded and comb through the results.  I’m more worried about actually getting the squirrel in the sqturday squirrel logopicture and not screwing it up to notice most of the minor details in real time.  When I got towards the end of my bounty, there were a handful of photos featuring the squirrel you see above… and as soon as they popped up on my screen I got a big smile and said, “Shorty!!!”

No, I don’t think that squirrel is some rapper’s girlfriend… he just reminded me of one of the squirrels fellow sciurine enthusiast Trisha has taken many pictures of in her backyard that she’s dubbed Shorty due to his shorter than average length tail.  While the original Shorty’s abnormality appears to be the result of some unfortunate tail shortening accident one might expect to happen to Buster, this distant cousin of his at my park seems to have a smaller tail by design…

He's got it made in the shade now, but he has no umbrella if it rains.

He’s got it made in the shade now, but he has no umbrella if it rains.

Well, you know what they say about squirrels, small tail, big….. er, big cuteness!

Have a great weekend, everyone!


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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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24 Responses to Short But Sweet

  1. it seems all living things on this planet are related somehow… no worries Shorty such things happen to dogs too and even to humans :o)

  2. 1jaded1 says:

    What a cutie….I never think about these things…but what made his tail shorter? Genetic mutation…or something else?

    • I can’t give an informed opinion on that… but in looking a bit more carefully at my closeup of him, his tail is pretty fat at the end, at least hinting there might have been an accidental amputation. But the fur has grown in so evenly round it that I still say nature is a more likely cause. I guess tail growth in squirrel can vary much like height in humans (The length of the spine plays an important role in both)…

  3. He’s minus an umbrella of significant size but sometimes size just doesn’t matter!


  4. reocochran says:

    He has a short tail but it doesn’t seem to have been snapped off or electrically altered. It has a nice shape, ES. I like bright eyed and bushy tailed squirrels! 🙂

  5. Quirky Girl says:

    Big cuteness, indeed. 😝 Well, squirrels are adorable…

  6. It’s interesting what names we come up for our squirrel friends. Also, thank you for linking us in to Trisha’s blog. Always good to meet another squirrel-phile.

  7. draliman says:

    It doesn’t seem to be affecting the little fella’s agility anyway.

  8. chattykerry says:

    Shorty is extra cute!

  9. Spring has sprung. The grass has riz.

    And the squirrels are back! Maybe that squirrel is just shedding his old tail to grow a newer, bigger, fluffier version.

    • I keep trying that with my hair…. shedding more and more of it, and it just doesn’t grow back bigger and fluffier. At least, not on my head…. the nose and ears are another story.

  10. He has been given a double helping of cuteness. 😀

  11. Trisha says:

    A new Shorty! And this one’s tail sticks up over its back in just the same adorable way! I agree, this one’s tail looks more natural than the original Shorty’s. His sticks up over his back in the same way but from the side it looks a bit flattened.

    • As beautiful as squirrels look with long, fluffy tails, there’s something to be said about the short and sassy look! If this catches on, maybe squirrels will start getting their tails clipped intentionally to fit in with the cool crowd!

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