My squirrel saga continues. After two months of no squirrels showing up at my feeder, one started coming back. The other day when I looked out I saw him eating and was surprised to see what looked like pretty severe flesh wound on his back. As you can see, it was deeper than just a surface scratch. My guess is he is part cat and has used up one of his nine lives. I think he more likely escaped from a hawk that had him in its talons. It did not seem to slow him down. He acted like nothing had happened.
Lesson to be learned from a wounded Squirrel:
Don’t let your wounds slow you down
or keep you from moving toward your goal in life.
Photo: Dwight L. Roth
Edit: After posting a reader suggested it may be a wound from a bot fly whose larva uses the squirrel as its host. Check it out on YouTube.com