More African Ground Squirrel… Kalahari Gemsbok Park.

These little fellows called on us very soon after watching us unpack the vehicle and move into the tent… Now I know feeding animals in parks is frowned upon, but how can you resist the visitation of such a cute animal with the look of “what have you to offer?”

My son is no better than me, as our hearts go out to all animals, and so often one wants to interfere in nature taking it’s course. Yet these animals have used their natural God given gift to appeal to you for a snack, and why not… these little fellows entertained us for a good few hours…

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Their tails are used as a shade cover as well as a camouflage… looking at this top view of the squirrel, from above, to an eagle, he could so easily be a leaf..

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They obviously enjoyed our company and started to dig in… or maybe it was just to cool themselves off with sand….

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The cutest of little animals….

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African ground squirrel… in Kathu..(25)

African ground squirrels (genus Xerus)

The squirrels live in open woodlands, grasslands, or rocky country. They are diurnal and terrestrial, living in burrows. Their diet is roots, seeds, fruits, pods, grains, insects, small vertebrates and bird eggs. They live in colonies similar to North American prairie dogs, and have similar behaviour.

Their home range is shared with other groups which is actually quite a surprising thing, since in case of most of the mammals there is generally an extremely tough competition to get the female. The group-living instinct of this species gives it a survival opportunity from predators overweighing the disadvantage of breeding opportunities which come from competition.

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This is the 300 post of the Bulldog, and we thought we should add one more photo just to celebrate this fact…