On my valentine blog http://thenewyorksquirrel.blogspot.com/2012/02/squirrels-valentine.html
I'd expressed the wish that Red and Alphie would meet and mate. I was curious if it would be love at first sight. Do squirrels get attracted by anything beyond smells? Someone suggested that Red would most likely mate with some of the gray squirrels that lived in her tree and I had a bleak vision of a fate devoid of romance and adventure for this little beauty. But now Red seemed to be moving in the right direction, so I excitedly began to think of ways to lure her over to Alphie's area. No need for a plot-- she was already by the fountain today:
|Milady has arrived|
And she eats well.
But -- now there's no sign of Alphie! He's usually the first one to come running over. Where was he today?
|Master Alphie has arrived.|
Then a terrible dread came over me. I grabbed my camera and went through the pictures that I had just taken. Sure enough, there was no kink in Red's tail. Red has a distinct spot on her tail that looks like this:
|Kinky squirrel tail|
|My perfect tail!|
And thereby hangs the tale of a tail.
No animals in this story were harmed. Once I realized that the squirrel in question was not Red, I rushed over to her regular area to search for her. And there she was, glad to see me and doing just fine:
|The Real Red|