Friday, December 10, 2010

California ground squirrel
Otospermophilus beecheyi

Aka Jabba the Hutt, aka Fatty. I thought this individual was disgustingly fat back in August. Little did I know then that it would obtain even wider proportions. It still stares at us through the office window for hours on end, every day, rain or shine. It's disturbing! I'm surprised the hawks haven't picked it up, yet. Surely, it can't move that fast - I can only assume since I haven't actually witnessed it move besides turning on occasion to look at the ocean. For a nice video description of more active CA ground squirrels, check out this Nature Bytes video.

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