A fox squirrel snacks on an acorn after being noisily rebuffed and chased by two other males contenting for a chance to sit beside an estrous female. His position is the pecking order is dead last, but he keeps trying to sneak along different pine branches to get close to the female while catching the other males off guard. Perhaps in a previous fight for proximity to an estrous female, his opponent bit through the meat of his tail leaving him with only a fluffy stub (Steele & Koprowski, 2001), or a predator clampled onto the squirrel’s tail, but he pulled away, severing his tail to escape.
Steele, M. A. & Koprowski, J. L. (2001). North American Tree Squirrels. Washington and London: Smithsonian.
Location: United States, South Dakota, Brookings
Image Species: Sciurus niger rufiventer
(EXIF Information is accurate – stamped in UTC).
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