Squirrel Antics in Cape Town

What are you doing up there?

I just love squirrels they are these crazy little creatures that are always buzzing around with way too much energy.

Squirrel

Approaching me very cautiously

Squirrel

Staring contest

They are super inquisitive little creatures and here in Cape Town they have taken over the Company’s Gardens. This garden is perhaps the Central City’s most favourite outdoor space and certainly feels like our very own mini “Central Park”. On weekends the park is filled with people picnicking and feeding the little squirrels that fill the place. It is perfect for sunny days in Cape Town when you need a break from the city itself.  The squirrels are by now so used to people feeding them that they expect it and look so confused when you don’t offer them anything.

 

I learned this the hard way and had to walk all the way back to the entrance of the park to go and buy a couple of packets of peanuts to keep the little creatures content while I stalk them with my camera. I know that Squirrels are a kind of small rodent but they are so weird that I love them.

Squirrels

I came back with NUTS!!

Squirrels

Squirrels

The eastern gray squirrel which is found here in Cape Town is one of very few species that can descend a tree head-first. It does this by turning its feet so the claws of its hind paws are backward-pointing and can grip the tree bark. I tried capturing this but they moved too fast for me and by the time I had zoomed in they were gone again.

 

Squirrels

What is that in your hand?

At first the little squirrels were quite sceptical about this person brandishing this black camera in their faces but after a while they actually came and inspected the camera and I got a couple of great close-ups of them.