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Squirrels go nuts for Leeds garden theme park

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It might sound nuts. But mum Jen Davison has created a squirrel ‘theme park’ in the garden of her Leeds home.

Each day the garden is filled with a crowd of squirrels who arrive bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to explore features including a baby’s pram and a make-shift hot air balloon.

Budding photographer Jen decided to create different themed feeding stations to help her to capture these comical shots of the visitors to her home.

The mum-of-two, from Stanningley, has also captured hilarious photos of squirrels brushing their teeth and clambering on a fat snowman.

The 51-year-old housewife was given a camera as a gift from her husband Michael three years ago .

She decided to come up with the unusual idea after seeing some inspiring comedy photographs on the internet.

She told the YEP: “The squirrels were quite comical.

“They would throw themselves at the window just to let you know they were there.

“I thought it would be quite funny to get some comical photos.

“Some of the shots took quite a few hours to do and all of the family have had quite a good laugh over them.”

Jen said her husband thought she wouldn’t use her camera so she decided to experiment with shots in her garden.

Jen added: “My husband bought me a camera about three years ago when we moved into the house we are living in now.

“We noticed there were a few squirrels around so basically started leaving peanuts out for them.

“We found the squirrels quite amusing and as some of them lived in the tree in our garden they got used to seeing us.

“We gradually started putting peanuts and monkey nuts nearer our patio door and it wasn’t long before they started coming up for the food to the point where I could get some good photos of them and a few would take the nuts from your hand.

“With this is mind and all of us finding them very comical that’s where the idea of using a few ‘props’ came into mind,

“Squirrels tend to do anything for food, so I was lucky enough to be able to capture some funny photos.”

Their family home often has visits from squirrels, foxes and hedgehogs.

Jen goes outside every day to help feed the birds and other visitors on her doorstep.

She said one of her favourite shots includes a picture of a squirrel appearing to brush his teeth after she smeared peanut butter on a toothbrush and an image of a squirrel in a baby’s pram.

She added: “It probably wont last forever and it is just a bit of a past time.

“It’s just taken off from there really and I only do it now and again.”

SQUIRREL FACTFILE

There are over 285 different species of squirrel.

Squirrels can scamper at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.

The word squirrel was first specified in 1327.

The life span of a grey squirrel is around six years.

Most urban squirrels do not reach their first birthday because of threats from predators.

 

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