The thermometer read 8 degrees when I headed out this morning, the coldest morning yet this winter. The snow squeaked under my feet as I walked to the truck. Bundled up as I was the cold quickly began seeping through the thick layers of clothing.
After watching and photographing this squirrel I was convinced that not only was the cold bothering me but it was bothering the squirrel as well. While the little guy sat on lookout he would clutch one front paw to his body warming it in his thick fur. A few moments later the squirrel would switch paws giving each paw equal treatment.
Come what may; cold, heat, rain, snow or sun ,wildlife meets the challenges of the environment head on. Survival depends upon the abilitly to find food and shelter without being able to alter their environment in any great way.
If we humans could not alter our environment any more than wildlife we would never have became the most successful species inhabiting the earth. I shudder to think what facing this morning would have been like if I had to face it naked, like this little squirrel!
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