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A top wildlife photographer have captured cheeky squirrels getting in the Halloween spirit - by playing with a spooky carved pum

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A top wildlife photographer have captured cheeky squirrels getting in the Halloween spirit - by playing with a spooky carved pum

A top wildlife photographer have captured cheeky squirrels getting in the Halloween spirit - by playing with a spooky carved pum

A top wildlife photographer have captured cheeky squirrels getting in the Halloween spirit - by playing with a spooky carved pumpkin.Award-winning wildlife photographer Geert Weggen (corr) befriended the red squirrels in a woodland.Swedish snapper Geert regularly feeds the squirrels and thought the spooky season was a great theme. The furry critters were caught on camera poking their heads inside the carved pumpkin - and scaring their friends.Geert said: "Most of the time, squirrels are thought of as nice and gentle and loving.

But they can also be a little dark. "They can be very aggressive. "This Halloween is a spooky time for people so I thought it was fun to show a little bit of the more evil side of squirrels."Geert said the woodland creatures can sometimes chase each other and compete over food. He said: "They bite me sometimes.

They never try and hurt me, they never bite so bad it bleeds. "They recognise that when they bite me I'm not a nut.

They're very smart in that way."Geert first bought a home in the mountains of central Sweden eight years ago, and has become so good as photographing squirrels that many think they are posed or stuffed. He said: "I cannot tame a wild squirrel.

They do exactly what they want.

I can wait a very long time for my shot. "I know they're always searching for food, so I might hang a little bucket with seeds in the air.

If I want them to pick up a pencil, I spread a little peanut butter on it."But Geert said he does not feel like a Disney character surrounded by friendly woodland creatures, but he does feel like he's telling stories. He said: "Almost every picture I take is telling a story.

So like with Halloween, I can imagine them as dancing skeletons."But it is not a fairytale for Geert, as the oncoming icy conditions will make life difficult for his furry friends. He said: "I never name them because they are always in danger.

There are birds of prey, the winters can be freezing and the food is scarce. "But when they come back, I always get a nice bond with them.

I've seen maybe three generations in seven years. "If I named them, it would feel like they are my babies.

I want them wild.

It makes it more natural.

They are not pets."

A top wildlife photographer have captured cheeky squirrels getting in the Halloween spirit - by playing with a spooky carved pumpkin.Award-winning wildlife photographer Geert Weggen (corr) befriended the red squirrels in a woodland.Swedish snapper Geert regularly feeds the squirrels and thought the spooky season was a great theme.

The furry critters were caught on camera poking their heads inside the carved pumpkin - and scaring their friends.Geert said: "Most of the time, squirrels are thought of as nice and gentle and loving.

But they can also be a little dark.

"They can be very aggressive.

"This Halloween is a spooky time for people so I thought it was fun to show a little bit of the more evil side of squirrels."Geert said the woodland creatures can sometimes chase each other and compete over food.

He said: "They bite me sometimes.

They never try and hurt me, they never bite so bad it bleeds.

"They recognise that when they bite me I'm not a nut.

They're very smart in that way."Geert first bought a home in the mountains of central Sweden eight years ago, and has become so good as photographing squirrels that many think they are posed or stuffed.

He said: "I cannot tame a wild squirrel.

They do exactly what they want.

I can wait a very long time for my shot.

"I know they're always searching for food, so I might hang a little bucket with seeds in the air.

If I want them to pick up a pencil, I spread a little peanut butter on it."But Geert said he does not feel like a Disney character surrounded by friendly woodland creatures, but he does feel like he's telling stories.

He said: "Almost every picture I take is telling a story.

So like with Halloween, I can imagine them as dancing skeletons."But it is not a fairytale for Geert, as the oncoming icy conditions will make life difficult for his furry friends.

He said: "I never name them because they are always in danger.

There are birds of prey, the winters can be freezing and the food is scarce.

"But when they come back, I always get a nice bond with them.

I've seen maybe three generations in seven years.

"If I named them, it would feel like they are my babies.

I want them wild.

It makes it more natural.

They are not pets."




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