Ground Squirrel (3/3) by GiMi53 ()
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The Barbary ground squirrel (Atlantoxerus getulus) was introduced to Fuerteventura from the African Spanish colony of Ifni as a household pet in 1965. Having escaped they have thrived in a natural environment similar to their homeland. Without predators however, their numbers have increased to an estimated 300,000 and are now a threat to the island’s endemic species.
Its erradictaion is seen as impractical on Fuerteventura, with efforts concentrated on its spread to other islands (Gran Canaria and Lanzarote)
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Image Comments (17)
DAVER2112 () 12:25PM | Sun, 25 March 2012
Perfect portrait of this little fellow. Nice color and lighting. :)
NanetteTredoux () 12:47PM | Sun, 25 March 2012
Cute little guy, reminds me of a meerkat (familiar animal closer to home). Your portrait of this little one is outstanding.
m_j_s () 1:01PM | Sun, 25 March 2012
Very nice shot! You've made the effort to get to eyes level with it and it shows wonderfully in the final image!
PatGoltz () 3:39PM | Sun, 25 March 2012
It's amazing to watch them stand. I guess they get a better view that way. He's so cute! Yep, that is definitely THE Meerkat pose!