Squirrels are hard to tell apart. At least for me they are. That’s not too surprising since I’m terrible at recognizing people I’ve seen before as well. But short of some really stand-out identifying mark, like past squirrels Foxy and Squirrelcoon, I wouldn’t know a squirrel I’d met before if I ever ran into him again.
The squirrel you see above is the last one I encountered on my park trip this past Thursday. I got three photos of him, and they all reveal a very distinguishing feature that gave me an eerie sense of deja vu….
Both that squirrel from 2019, and the squirrel I met this week are missing their right ears!!!
Could it be the same squirrel? Squirrels in the wild aren’t known for having very long lifespans, though I’d imagine a squirrel at the park would at least be safe from human predators. But come on, how many squirrels out there are making do without their right ear?
Unfortunately, I didn’t get any good body shots of the squirrel from last year… but both squirrels do show a bit of a deformation in their left ear. I’m just not sure it’s exactly the same. 2019 Squirrel seems to have a small notch 1/3 of the way down, while 2020 squirrel’s left ear looks more like it just has an exaggerated point. If it isn’t the same squirrel, then it sure is a bizarre coincidence that I found two right ear missing squirrels in the same park within 14 months of each other!
Or maybe some sadistic person/critter out there is collecting squirrel ears!
One Eared Squirrel strikes again, or just a whimsical case of serendipity? A Saturday Squirrel mystery we may never know the answer to…
Have a great weekend everyone!