Squirrels play with snowball and takes photos of each other
Nirapad News : A squirrel poses proudly with a perfectly-formed snowball while another makes sure to capture the moment… by taking a photo.
The pair of red squirrels were happy to play model and photographer – before the one behind the camera got fed up and wanted a turn at posing.
The playful exchange is picture perfect, with the snow falling lightly as the squirrels play around with their new toys.
Photographer Vadim Trunov, 30, captured the courting pair in the woods in Voronezh, Russia, where he lives.
He said: ‘I took the photographs in the woods near the town, the squirrels were not skittish and are not afraid of people as they live so close to humans.
‘I fed them nuts, which they happily took from me and hid in the snow, they kept taking nuts from me and then hiding them.
‘Squirrels love to hide nuts, then find them again when they are hungry so they can eat. ‘I decided to make a snowball with a nut inside and then left it on the ground.
‘A squirrel ran up, grabbed the snowball and picked it up. Perhaps she sensed the nut inside. ‘Then it happened again with the second snowball I made so I decided to try and do a series of shots about a squirrel photographing another squirrel holding the snowball.’
Mr Trunov, who was only four metres away from the pair, set up a camera on a tripod and made another snowball with nuts inside for the squirrels so he could snap the adorable snowy scene.
He said: ‘A squirrel ran up to the camera almost straight away and began to sniff it.
‘A second squirrel grabbed a snowball and picked it up, again, probably to feel if there was a nut in it.
‘She dropped it and picked it up again and it looked like she was posing for the camera.
‘Then the first squirrel climbed onto the camera, reached for its friend and grabbed her snowball.
‘It was a nice moment and to capture it with the two squirrels simultaneously I made more than ten snowballs.
‘Squirrels are very playful and curious animals, and I was happy to photograph this moment.’