That Look

Dafuq is that dude doing?

Having taken a lot of pictures of squirrels in trees over the past few years, I am more than used to sights like the one you see in today’s featured photo.  Since the squirrels of my local park are not tame, they typically scatter when they realize I’m approaching and usually scurry up the closest tree.  But once they reach a place where they feel relatively safe, out pokes the head and I get that look.

As a species that is more prey than predator, squirrels have to be aware of their surroundings at all time in order to survive this cold, cruel world… and it is that hyper state of alert that accounts for much of that look.  But there’s also a tinge of genuine curiosity in that look which leads to what I consider to be a squirrel’s deer-in-the-headlights reaction, or a non-reaction, as it actually is since they will rarely flinch once they fixate on me.  He has to be wondering what in the hell I’m doing, why I’m apparently so fascinated with him and just what my intentions are with that scary black box I have up to my face.

I have no way to communicate to the poor critter that I only want to capture his pretty face for a blog post.  But that’s OK, because squirrels are so adorable when they are trying to make heads or tails out of a strange situation.  And this week’s Saturday Squirrel definitely has the look….

That look.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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15 Responses to That Look

  1. yes it has THE look… like in that song by Roxette ;o)

  2. franhunne4u says:

    “Hey, Gerald, look if that Giant Hairless Squirrel is there still, you know, that creep, that stands there and stalks us!”
    “Yup Myra! Stands there and looks at me. Weirdo!”

  3. And here I always attribute some evil intention from them when they give us the look. Oh wait, it’s probably because Elsa is going ape-bonkers trying to capture them. LOL

  4. ghostmmnc says:

    Oh, there he is! Took me a minute, and to enlarge the photo before I spied him. 🙂 Cute critters!

    • I noticed how camouflaged he appeared to be in the tree and almost went in that direction with this post before concentrating on the staredown. His head almost appears to be an extension of the tree!

  5. Merbear74 says:

    He’s deciding if he should chuck a few nuts at you…

  6. draliman says:

    Cute, popping his little head out to see what’s going on.

  7. I think our local squirrels know that we are not hunting them … possibly because almost everything else larger than they are IS hunting them. And they are very curious. I think they like watching us.

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