Hands.

My contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Hands.

I decided that a sideways look at the challenge was in order and ignored my photos featuring human hands. Instead I decided that the front paws of some mammal species are used in a similar way to human hands.

A Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel eating whatever it can find in the spring having just emerged from hibernation in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Feeding Ground Squirrel.

An American Red Squirrel using its front paws to eat bird seed under the feeders in Ontario, Canada.

American Red Squirrel feeding.

An Eastern Chipmunk displaying an impressive set of claws in Ontario, Canada.

Checking out the photographer.

A Racoon that wandered into the yard one afternoon eating the dog food in Ontario, Canada. I focused on the animal’s paws.

Hands.

An Eastern Gray Squirrel eating a berry at -30°C in Saskatchewan, Canada. There’s frost on the tips of some of the tail hairs.

Eastern Gray Squirrel with frost on its tail.

A Grey Squirrel eating an Acorn in Cheshire, England. A North American species introduced to the U.K. where it has driven the native Red Squirrel in to small, isolated groups.

Grey Squirrel eating an Acorn.

12 thoughts on “Hands.”

    1. Thanks Cee. There’s been lots of Raccoons around here the past few years. It’s not unusual to see 6 or more in the yard as it’s going dark.

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  1. I think raccoons are so cute. But didn’t think so when we had our Toronto house with a pond and they would fish out the koi, expensive fishing.

    As a Canadian I am always amused when I see tourists snapping photos of our squirrels and chipmunks.

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    1. Especially British tourists as the North American Eastern Gray Squirrel was introduced in to the U.K. where it has driven the native Red Squirrel into a few isolated populations.

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