One thing that shows up in a lot of my photos I take of the squirrels at my town’s local park are ear notches. While a number of my readers often attribute these emo looking body modifications to scraps with other squirrels or even predators, I’ve always argued the ones I catch on film are too clean to be anything but manmade… some type of marking system as part of a trap and release program.
This squirrel looks like he may have a tiny notch on his ear. Hey little guy! What’s the story about that mark on your ear?
OK…. now that is clearly NOT manmade. At least I’d hope it isn’t. Good grief, Mr. Squirrel, what in the hell happened to your right ear!?!? Is that maybe just an odd illusion from the angle I’m taking the picture at?
Oh dear, this poor squirrel is having to go through life with only one ear. Van Gogh would be proud, but then again, he was a certified nutcase. Friends, Roman, countrymen, lend this week’s Saturday Squirrel your ears. Literally…
Have a great weekend everyone!