European red squirrel – changing with the seasons

Throughout the year Russian forest undergoes dramatic seasonal changes. So do the forest inhabitants have to change their coats to match the environment. The European red squirrel changes from silky bright orangy-red in summer to fluffy muted grey in winter via an unfortunate blotchy phase in early autumn.

Bright summer coat

Bright summer coat

In transition

In transition

Fluffy winter coat

Fluffy winter coat

 

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