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Look at those incredibly ugly hind feet, with fingers or toes almost 3 cm long with pointed claws! Red squirrels have five toes on the hind feet, and they are highly specialized climbing tools. On the front feet there are only four fingers or toes as the thumbs have developed into pads they use to hold the food while eating.

The name “red” squirrel is not entirely adequate, as only 20-25% of the animals actually are red, most are dark brown with a touch of grey. Storøre here is as red as they come, but he and a female squirrel - namely his mother - are the only red ones in a group of nine.

Storøre was born in the beginning of May, and first time I saw him was around Midsummer. Young red squirrels stay in the nest until they have developed teeth, which takes around six weeks. By then the youngsters are about the same size as the grown-ups, at least in length.

The squirrels in my backyard know very well where some of the food and most important the hazelnuts come from, so they are very anxious to come inside and explore for themselves. So far I have managed to keep them out but two days ago one of them slipped through an open window!

I’m not sure they are very smart, this fellow apparently panicked and could not find the way out… After running around in the house for many minutes he finally hit the right window and the way out, frankly I doubt he will try this again!

And I promise… this is the last squirrel I will publish, hehehe…

But this time you will find more squirrels in the workshops!

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Additional Photos by Pablo Minto (pablominto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9892 W: 315 N: 14432] (53746)
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