The endangered and completely protected Delmarva fox squirrel is hanging on in just a handful of mature coastal pine and oak forests in the southern Mid-Atlantic, which may be analagous to the status of the red squirrel in Wales. Delmarva fox squirrels come in various striking shades of silver-gray to melanistic. Fox squirrels are nearly twice as big as common gray squirrels, weighing in at about 1 kg.
Unbeknownst to me, I happened to lie in wait for this one near one of its acorn caches; its face is dirty from digging them up.
f/6.3, 1/500, 500mm, ISO 320
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