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This handsome European red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) was investigating my balcony this morning in search of food and water.
The fluffy critter had climbed up to the second floor clinging to the thin branches of Boston-ivy that cover the wall of my appartment building.
As I approached, he started crawling away but soon came back up. Indecisive but not shy, he rested on the ledge of a nearby window and we stared at each other for a few minutes before he left the improvised shelter and moved on to the next balcony.
Location: Bayreuth, Germany