Winter squirrels are the cutest squirrels you will ever come across, because the very thick and fluffy fur they grow out during the Fall makes them look so scritchably soft! Naturally, the opposite if true of squirrels in the summer. Not that they don’t look cute as well… squirrel is a valid synonym for cute in the thesaurus, after all. But those piling tufts of insulating fur are definitely not present during the warmer months. The summer squirrel needs its coat at the bare minimum to survive the hot and muggy Midwest summers that leave us humans gasping for air and hiding in the air conditioning.
This squirrel’s short coat is a great example of the overlooked “less is more” quality of the summer squirrel. If you click to enlarge the photo, you can really see how bristly the fur looks… and I’ll bet feels. While this week’s Saturday Squirrel may not be as cuddly as he will be come January, this rugged outdoors look is perfect for the squirrel who isn’t going to let a little heat keep him out of the kitchen. Figuratively speaking, of course…
Have a great weekend everyone! And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to vote in the January Calendar Squirrel poll!
Happy Squirrel Saturday!
I do like how they can just cling to the bark of the trees. 🙂
They’re tree magnets!!!
He’s looking quite cool indeed with his shorter/less dense “clothes”………not only that but he kinda DOES look like he’s actually got a crew cut/spikey thing going on there between his ears. Mr. Cool…………
Long haired freaky squirrels need not apply….
Maybe he’s an ex-Marine?
There is no such thing as an ex-Marine, so I’ve heard….
He’s sleek, well-groomed and ready for action.
And he won’t need any of that nasty hair gel…
Still exceptionally cute.
I can’t wait until the squirrels start getting their fluffy winter coats! I think I look forward to that as much as I do crisp mornings and the changing leaves. Not that they aren’t cute in the summer too, especially when just casually standing upside down on the side of a tree!