Photo: Busy squirrel takes care of business

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A mother's work is never done; and for this mother squirrel, her nest seems to be slow to finish. Photographed by Mark Heatherington in Oregon's Cascade Mountains, he writes:

Dedicated Mom: California Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi)

One the path to one of my favorite Butterfly spots, I’ve noticed this female three times in a week. She always has nesting material in her mouth. Unfortunately, she never moves into good light. I assume her burrow is at the base of this stump.

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