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Squirrels are common animals that you can see everywhere in almost all North American cities, that includes the city of Toronto where I live.
This picture is from a squirrel near my residence.
They are beautiful creatures and harmless and can live in peace with humans, but they are very nosy. They are a little shy, kind of timid I should say, but make friends easily with humans. People try to keep them away from the inside of the house, but they can easily find a way into attics or the balcony of apartments. If they get trapped inside the chimney or the attic, they make a lot of noise.
Many people feed them with nuts and bread. They carry and bury the nuts under the ground and sometimes forget where they hid them. It is very funny when they sit on their tail and chew pieces of nut. I have made friends with a couple of squirrels near my home. They are not vicious like racoons, another animal which lives with us in Toronto.
They usually live inside the trees, especially the ones with hard wood, and prefer the crown part of the tree, high above the ground, to protect their young from racoons, but they are still vulnerable to hawks and falcons which can be found in our city too.
It is a funny scene when one squirrel wants to cross the street and go to the other side, maybe to visit a friend on the other side. If the street is quiet, that would be an easy task, but when there is some traffic, it would take forever. They tip toe a few steps into the street and when they see a car, run back to their own tree. This goes on and on for minutes until they find a gap in the traffic and get through. Sometimes they get involved in an accident and lose their life, not an uncommon scene in the streets of Toronto.
What animals live with you in your city?
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