Grey and Black Squirrels Debugging themselves in the yard in Waukesha County Wisconsin on August 3, 2019

When first observed through the window at home in a tree I assumed this was some unseen before grooming being done by 3 different squirrels. 2 Grey and 1 Black squirrels were doing what I thought was grooming for about 20 minutes. Black Squirrels have been seen in the yard here for very many years. When looking at the images I realized these squirrels had parasites of some sort, tick, mites, fleas, etc. So this is how they care for each other out in the wild to try to remove these parasites? After awhile It was interesting to see this take place from an educational point. Feeling sorry for the squirrels, I would assume they will be fine. Images were taken on August 3, 2019.

Grey Squirrel debugging the Black Squirrel…they all took turns…

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

3 Responses to Grey and Black Squirrels Debugging themselves in the yard in Waukesha County Wisconsin on August 3, 2019

  1. Wendy Wooden says:

    I’ve never seen this before. How sweet and I feel bad for wildlife and the bugs they have to live with too. Love the pics.

  2. Karen Weiss says:

    Very interesting I had no clue they did that, great capture!

  3. Helen Littler says:

    I’ve watched them for many years in my yard. They spend a lot of time under the bird feeders! This looks to me like a mom cleaning up and debugging her teenagers. They are physically about grown but haven’t quite left mom’s care. I almost never see close contact like that btwn adults unless they are near a female in heat or are less than a year old and are playing. They usually have an invisible bubble around them of 2-3 feet and avoid close contact.

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