He looks stuffed but that's just because this photograph has frozen him in time.
We were taking a leisurely stroll near the top of The Company's Garden
on a rare, beautiful winter afternoon last week when -
- an albino squirrel suddenly appeared, blocking our path.
"It's an albino squirrel! Squee!" I exclaimed. "I must take a photo!"
My delight at seeing an albino squirrel for the first time was soon tempered by the realisation that this was no ordinary albino squirrel, this was a terrorist albino squirrel. He ran up to us (thankfully not with a little squirrel gun in his fearsome albino paws, for all would then have been lost), vibrated and twitched as though we were supposed to provide some sort of offering to appease him, and then, when other squirrels came near, he chased them away before returning to stare us down with his hypnotic albino eyes.
This repeated, over and over, giving me enough time to take close-up and action shots. I was so preoccupied that I forgot to run away in terror, which is probably just as well, as I think he could run faster than us and, as I said, his albino paws were fearsome.Above:
Eventually he grew tired of us and our lack of offerings and ran off to try and uncover a nut that a previous squirrel he had just chased off had already tried to uncover (I began to suspect that this wasn't a particularly smart terrorist albino squirrel), and then he ran over a fence to Gardens Commercial High School, presumably to bully and terrorise school children, except I don't think any of them were there as they're all off having Swine Flu at the moment.
Whatever. One drama at a time.Above:
Menacing.Previously Glimpsed In The Company's Garden
* The Man In The Bright-Orange Bio-Hazard Suit
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