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Caught In The Act! -- Red Squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus);   Santa Fe NF, NM, Thompson Ridge [Lou Feltz] | by deserttoad
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Caught In The Act! -- Red Squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus); Santa Fe NF, NM, Thompson Ridge [Lou Feltz]

These are both fully adult Squirrels, and I was a little surprised to see them "playing," an activity usually restricted to the pups. Turns out that the "play" was really foreplay... for this following action of ensuring the coming generation. I have seldom observed any Squirrel species in copulation... never photographing it prior! It was a fleeting scene, lasting mere seconds.

 

IMG_1989; Red Squirrels

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Taken on June 29, 2018