Ground Squirrel

Ground Squirrel -- Mount Hoffmann, Yosemite NP, California, United States

Ground Squirrel — Mount Hoffmann, Yosemite NP, CA. September 2015.

At first I thought this was a Pika because I had not previously seen them and I knew they live only at higher elevations. After a hint from a friend though, this is probably a Belding’s ground squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi). Either way, they are surely right at the cute end of the rodent spectrum. Their tail is short, and they wiggle it excitedly or joyfully (who knows?) every now and then. This one stood up and posed for me, how irresistible!

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