A fox squirrel grooms his ‘friend.’ This activity is one form of amicable, or friendly, behavior. Such behavior is most common among pairs of males and least common among pairs of females and is associated with communal nesting (Koprowski, 1996). Because young squirrels seldom stay in their natal area (Koprowski, 1996), these animals are probably not related closely, meaning this behavior has little to do with kin selection.
Image Date: 2008DEC28
Image Species: Sciurus
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