The Squirrel Who Thought She was Invisible


No one can see me if I don’t move.

What does a squirrel do when caught between a human and a house? Freeze — and pretend she is invisible.

I must have been a frightening surprise to this  country creature who spends her life fleeing people.  With deep snow all around and no means of escape apparent, the squirrel didn’t move a hair.  I got so close, I took the picture you see with no zoom.

The temptation to touch was strong.  Instead, I backed away. When I stepped around a corner, the wild thing shot to life, leaving behind only a bounding track and quirky memory.  To the real predators, I hope she is truly invisible.

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