dimanche, janvier 13, 2008

TAMIAS RAYÉS
CHIPMUMKS

J'ai rencontré ces petites bêtes au Lac Moraine, en Alberta. Elles n'étaient pas farouches du tout! Mais siiiii miiiiignooooons!
I've met those little rascals at Lake Moraine in Alberta. These pests were really bold! But soooooooo cuuuuuuute!











13 commentaires:

Anonymous a dit...

They have beautiful colours and banding! I'm surprised they didn't befall the same fate as minks etc. up your way... Nice photos MerlinPrincesse!

merlinprincesse a dit...

The chipmunks are really tiny. More like a rat. At the beginning of the colony, the weather was so cold that poeple HAD to kill animals for their fur. And it was easier to kill a lynx or a beaver, animals much more bigger... Today, we have synthetic furs.. :) Killing animals for their skin is becoming more rare... Changes are slow but are happening... :)

merlinprincesse a dit...

OH! I forgot to mention that the french name of the chipmunk is "tamia rayé" but in Quebec, we called them "petits suisses" meaning "Little Swiss"! The reason is that many years ago, people though their fur was looking like the Pope's Zouaves ostumes... Hhehehe.... :)

Cédric a dit...

Et bien heureusement que je reviens pour mettre un peu de français dans tout cet anglais ;-) Très mimi cette petite bêbête! Moi aussi j'avais eu l'ocasion d'en approcher de très près en 1995 lors de mon passage au canada. Le truc infaillible c'est la cacahuète!!

Anonymous a dit...

Very interesting information - thanks! I had no idea a chipmunk was that small!

merlinprincesse a dit...

Il y a tout plein de tamias et d'écureuils autour de la maison de ma maman et ils se font la lutte pour les cacahuètes qu'elle laisse dehors.... Quand c'est pas une corneille qui les pique! :)
Anon, they are small but ferocious! About half the size of a squirrel, but they can fight with them for a peanut! :)

Ces a dit...

I agree. They are very cute. I wish we had them here. We have squirrels instead and they are just as bold and quite aggressive sometimes.

Ces a dit...

I just love all these animals MP. The cat stll rules, however...

merlinprincesse a dit...

Here in the City, we only have squirrels too. But my mom live in the suburb and there are many animals there, like squirrels (gray, black and red) chipmunks and even groundhound! :) And many many birds!:)
Yup! CATS RULE!!!!! Let's do another post with cats!!! Hhehehe! :)

ValGalArt a dit...

you really got some beautiful shots of this little dude! Darling!

merlinprincesse a dit...

They were asking for it! Give me peanuts and take my pic!!! Pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase!!!

janie a dit...

fab photos, he's gorgeous, unfortunately we dont have chipmunks in Ireland boohoo:)

merlinprincesse a dit...

I thought chimpumks were all over the world!!! They are peanuts freak! :)