|Eastern Grey Squirrel, melanistic form|
William Sutherland, Wikimedia Commons
Today, October 4, is also the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi; it is fitting that his reflections on nature also included the squirrel: "I once spoke to my friend, an old squirrel, about the sacraments - he got so excited and ran into a hollow in his tree and came back holding some acorns, an owl feather and a ribbon he found. And I just smiled and said, ''Yes, dear, you understand everything imparts His grace.'"
|Eastern Grey Squirrel, standard form|
photo by Diliff, Wikimedia Commons