Short tail – check. Performing adorable antics to beg for food – check. But was it Shorty? I wasn’t sure! The squirrel in front of me looked so small. And red.
I put some food out and watched through my camera. The tail was definitely shorter but it looked a little different from the Shorty tail I was used to.
“Shorty is that you?” I always ask the squirrels stupid questions like this. Like, a) they know what I’m saying, and, b) they can answer. I’m sure my neighbors think I’m more than a little nuts.
Finally, he got into his typical Shorty pose and I knew it was him. The way the end of his chopped off tail sticks up right above his head is one of the reasons I find him so adorable.
Adorable, but not nearly as adorable as he was this winter with his winter coat and layer of chub.