A squirrel who has spent hours collecting a hoard of nuts was never going to give them up without a fight, the Daily Telegraph (UK) reports.
Rearing up on his hind legs, he lashed out with both front paws at his startled opponent, who promptly flew off, feathers ruffled. Having proved himself a member of the Tough-ty club, the grey squirrel then carried on chomping away on the spoils of his victory.
Photographer Simon Dack from Brighton captured the moment in his garden. Impressed by the animal’s display, Mr Dack has nicknamed his regular garden visitor Squirrel Put-em upkins.
He said: “Perhaps he’s the boisterous big brother of Beatrix Potter’s Squirrel Nutkins. We get a lot of squirrels coming over from the local park but this one’s a regular. He’s certainly not shy. He even taps on the window asking for food.”
Grey squirrels were imported to Britain in the 1870s to adorn gardens. Within decades they had invaded much of England. Greys are larger and more aggressive than Britain’s native reds, which they have largely driven out.