‘Squirrel theme park’ inspires Leeds photographer’s calendar

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A Leeds photographer who is nuts about squirrels has handed out some unusual presents to her family and friends this Christmas.

Every day, snapper Jen Davison’s garden is filled with bright-eyed and bushy-tailed guests who explore her very own ‘squirrel theme park’.

And now Jen, who has created a series of different feeding stations, has compiled the images she has been capturing into a special calendar for her family.

The mum-of-two, from Stanningley, has taken hilarious photos of squirrels brushing their teeth, playing golf and cleaning windows.

As previously reported in the YEP the 51-year-old housewife was given a camera as a gift from her husband Michael three years ago and she decided to experiment with shots in her garden.

She said: “I just decided from my shots that I wanted to make a few calendars for family and friends.

“I have made postcards and Christmas cards and just thought it would be nice to do and the family have found them all really amusing.

“It was a nice surprise for them. My daughter lives in London and she frequently emails pictures abroad and asks when I am taking some more.”

The family started to get the squirrels posing with their “props” by feeding them.

Jen added: “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.”


Squirrels are rodents.

There are around 280 different species.

Most squirrels are small and have big eyes and bushy tails. Their large eyes help them climb trees and avoid predators. But they are born blind.

Squirrels eat mostly nuts, fruits and seeds.

Flying squirrels can’t fly like birds but they can glide between trees and have been known to glide for up to 90 metres (295 ft).

Chipmunks are small squirrels with stripes. They have cheek pouches which help them carry food. Many hoard food for the winter.

Source: sciencekids.co.nz

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