Squirrel news

From Russia via the BBC, news that a pack of squirrels joined forces and killed a dog that had been barking at them. Let’s just say I’m a bit skeptical.

Meanwhile, not much sign of The Twins recently. I think one of them might have been the squirrel I saw flattened down the street. Longtail and Blacktip visit regularly. Tiny too, though he doesn’t like the feed box, and we’ve run low on corn cobs.

Blacktip is still bulking up for winter. He now has jowls, and rolls of fat across his belly. The other squirrels don’t seem to be fattening up nearly as much. He brought the surviving twin with him once to feed, and the two of them climbed in the feeding box together. Incredibly cute.

A couple of days ago we had a brand new squirrel appear. A female, I think—I couldn’t see any nuts. She has a somewhat stripey tail, and patches of dark fur above her eyes which make it look like she has big bushy eyebrows. I’ve named her Frida, after Frida Kahlo, whose image is scattered all over Austin.