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December 3, 2014

Recently, early in the morning, before any daylight, I was brewing some Tea in the Kitchen of my Home, in S.E.Michigan. The Kitchen window overlooks a Bird feeding/sanctuary I had built about a year ago. On the Deck railing, there was also an open seed-fruit & Nut feeding tray.

In the darkness of the early morning, I could see something feeding in this Fruit & Nut tray. But I did not recognize what it was. My camera sits on a tri-pod overlooking this large feeding area, which includes the Deck area. I set it up quickly, and figured I would get only one shot, before I scared this unknown critter away.

So I readied the exterior lights, and set my flash on the camera, to all go off at the same time. This is the picture I captured below.

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Now……..I have seen many odd creatures while roaming the outdoors, including cross-breeds and albino critters. But I do not know what was eating the Fruit & Nuts in the bird feeding trays.

This creature was twice the size of the biggest Fox squirrel I have ever seen. This critter also seem to have a canine fang-tooth. It was eating in the dark of early morning {Squirrels do not do this}. It’s snout was that of what appeared to be a dog. The bright red/orange tail, and striped black body resembled a raccoons make-up, minus the coloring.

Here are a few facts covering Squirrels in general:  *There are more than 200 squirrel species worldwide, from tree squirrels and flying squirrels to chipmunks and marmots.  *Squirrels have four front teeth that grow continuously, at a rate of about six inches per year. This helps their incisors endure the constant gnawing.   *Tree squirrels mostly eat nuts, seeds and fruit, but they are omnivores. Gray squirrels, for example, have been known to eat insects, snails, bird eggs and animal carcasses when other food is scarce.

So what do you think this critter is? Remember that it is twice the size of a large Fox squirrel. It has night vision and appears to eat and hunt at night. It seems to have Canine teeth.

Foxsquirrel

A Fox Squirrel

A Black Squirrel

A Black Squirrel

GreyFoxCrossbreed

A cross-breed Fox and Grey squirrel

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