European red squirrel coat 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 coat changes from silky bright orangy-red in summer to fluffy muted grey in winter via an unfortunate blotchy phase in early autumn. All these squirrels were photographed in Kuzminski park

Red squirrel coat
Red squirrel in summer coat
Red squirrel coat - autumn phase
Red squirrel in autumn ‘intermediate’ phase
Red squirrel coat - winter look
Red squirrel in winter coat
Red squirrel coat - young
Young red squirrel in bright red summer coat
Red squirrel coat - an 'in between' stage
Another ‘in between’ stage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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