Crouching tufty, hidden dragon: The amazing Kung Fu squirrels

Posted on 12:54 PM by Sameer Shah

These incredible pictures of squirrels locked in battle on an African campsite reveal fur as well as punches flying.

This furious pair of Cape Ground Squirrels were snapped taking part in a ferocious squabble in Etosha, Namibia.

The images are so vivid that they almost appear to be staged.

But they were taken on December 5 this year by award-winning British photographer David J. Slater.

In scenes reminiscent of the freeze-frame Kung Fu moves performed by Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix, Slater captured the rodents in a series of battle poses.

The squirrels seem almost elegant as they whirl around in the dust, seemingly unaware of their audience.

The Cape Ground Squirrel is found in the drier parts of Africa and lives in colonies of up to 30.

They are poor climbers so tend to live in interconnecting burrows, which they sometimes share with mongooses.

The rodent uses its bushy tail to shield it from the sun and pumps it up and down as an alarm signal to other members of the pack.

Slater, who was born in Blackburn, won the International Wildbird Photographer of the Year award in 2004.

His work has appeared in various newspapers and wildlife and conservation magazines as well as on the BBC.

He has travelled all over the world taking photographs of animals. On his website he said that Namibia, where these photographs were taken, is a 'current favourite.

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