The rise in summer temperatures has us all reaching for something cooler. Things like ice cream and immersing our bodies into bodies of water have been very appealing. I can only imagine that animals may be feeling similarly as I sit here writing this post in my wonderfully comfortable air conditioned office. All summer I’ve been getting a glimpse of what some animals do in order to keep themselves cool when they have limited options under scorching conditions.
That got me thinking so I quickly grabbed my camera to capture what I have been witnessing. All of the information you are about to read was retrieved from this article about squirrels at PennLive.com. All of the photos are courtesy of Kaptured By Keni Photography.
Fun Facts About Squirrels
They are problem solvers.
They are efficient at adjusting their behavior to adapt to the task.
They can lie.
They can engage in tactical deception.
They have a fantastic dental plan.
The four front teeth never stop growing allowing them to cut through hard surfaces.
They have a magnificent tail.
They use it to balance, signal other squirrels, as an umbrella, a blanket in the cold, and a rudder when swimming.
They can fly.
Not really, but they can leap and sometimes glide up to 150 feet at a time.
They can run down trees.
A squirrel’s ankles can rotate 180 degrees allowing them to completely grip the tree trunk.
They have an amazing sense of smell.
They can find food buried under a foot of snow and can even find food hidden by other squirrels.
The squirrels I’ve been encountering have been using the coolness of the concrete to help cool their bodies down in such high temperatures. I find them on my patio as well as the outside of my kitchen window. Moments like this make me love what I do as a photographer. I’m able to bring others into the quiet moments I capture that they may not be able to experience themselves. This squirrel showed up photo-ready and delivered people!
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