This looks like a Beatrix Potter story in the making. According to photographer Larry Keller, this daring mother squirrel has her nest a mere three feet above this great horned owl family. She must be banking on neighborly kindness to keep her from becoming dinner. Or, she may end up following the lead of this mother squirrel who took flying leaps between trees to move her babies to a new nest. According to National Geographic, "Owls prey on a huge variety of creatures, including raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, domestic birds, falcons, and other owls. They regularly eat skunks, and may be the only animal with such an appetite."
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