The time has come. I can resist their cuteness no more. After those disgusting posts on the repulsive botflies, I need a little cute and fluffy. I need adorable and endearing, delightful and charming, cheeky and cheerful. So, I give you the Columbian ground squirrel.
And no, they are not part of a drug cartel and no, they are not FARC revolutionaries hell bent on kidnapping you and ransoming you for large wads of cash. Nope, they are British Columbian ground squirrels and therefore very friendly, polite and nice, as are all British Columbians. Actually, now that I think about it, these guys may have just a little FARC in them. Not that they are interested in blowing things up or kidnapping unsuspecting tourists, but they are sneaky little buggers. There I am, minding my own business, indulging in a little bit of carrot cake with some delightfully fluffy butter icing on top, when two of the cutest ever ground squirrels scamper right up in front of me. Now, I am not a believer in feeding wildlife, no matter how cute or gorgeous said wildlife is, so I put my carrot cake carefully down behind me and patiently explained to these two delightful creatures that butter icing really wouldn't help their waistlines. Meanwhile, another crafty little squirrel is carrying out a flanking manoeuvre and has sneaked up behind me. I turn around just in time to see the cunning little critter grab two huge pawfuls of icing and make off with it back to his burrow. The two decoy squirrels scurry off after him and I swear I can hear them sniggering away whilst chowing down on my carrot cake icing. Hmpppfff - outsmarted by ground squirrels.
Still, they are cute, aren't they?
PS This post was inspired by Johnny Nutkins, over at Count Your Chicken. She is the Queen of cute squirrel photos and I fear that we both suffer from squirrelphilia and the irresistible urge to take photos of squirrels, no matter how many photos we already have.