I took a few pictures of the resident squirrel today sitting outside on a rock covered with snow. We had a little bit of sun earlier, so I think all the critters came out to enjoy it. Did you know that American red squirrels are also known as pine squirrels, chickarees, and fairydiddles? I didn't know that. Fairydiddles? Bizarre. Did you also know that females can mate with 4-16 males? I didn't know that either, but it sure explains all the chattering I hear outside.
Also, did you know that only about 22% of red squirrels live past age one? The average lifespan is about 2.3 years. So, think about that. If they're lucky to live past age one, not much more time goes by before things start looking grim again. They can live longer, up to eight years, but it's not the average. Some people hate them, but I think they're adorable.