Squirrel

Contest Info

  • Started: 6/19/2008 21:00
  • Ended: 6/23/2008 21:00
  • Level: apprentice
  • Entries: 29
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Apprentice 1st Place $1.5
  • FN Apprentice 2nd Place $0.9
  • FN Apprentice 3rd Place $0.6
  • FN Apprentice 4th Place $0.3
Squirrel
Contest Directions: Photoshop this squirrel image (CLICK HERE to download) any way you wish. Examples may giving this squirrel some clothes or objects, putting the squirrel into some environment, movies, paintings. These are just some ideas.
You have 3 days to submit your entry. Submitting it early will give you plenty of time to read the critique comments and edit your image accordingly.
Many thanks to Jeff Jones and Stock Exchange for providing the source image.

Contest Info

    • Started: 6/19/2008 21:00
    • Ended: 6/23/2008 21:00
    • Level: apprentice
    • Entries: 29
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Apprentice 1st Place $1.5
    • FN Apprentice 2nd Place $0.9
    • FN Apprentice 3rd Place $0.6
    • FN Apprentice 4th Place $0.3
29 pictures
  • Squirrel Bird

    Squirrel Bird
  • Squirrel King Kong

    Squirrel King Kong
  • Squirrel Killer

    Squirrel Killer
  • Squirrel Training

    Squirrel Training
  • Squirrel Soldier & Nuts

    Squirrel Soldier & Nuts
  • Squirrel's Nest in Donald Trump's Hair

    Squirrel's Nest in Donald Trump's Hair
  • Squirrel Pilot

    Squirrel Pilot
  • Squirrel Hybrid

    Squirrel Hybrid
  • Hawk Hunting Squirrel

    Hawk Hunting Squirrel
  • Squirrel Nurse

    Squirrel Nurse
29 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Squirrels (Latin. Sciurus) are a sort of rodent of the genus Sciurus of the family Sqiuridae. Except the genus Sciurus, the variety of representatives of the family Sqiuridae (i. e. chickaree (Tamiasciurus), palm squirrel (Funambulus)) has the same name - "Squirrel". As to actually sort Sciurus it includes about 30 kinds of rodents, extended in Europe, Northern and the South America and in temperate zone of Asia. It has a long body with a fluffy long tail and the ears are long. The color of the body is dark-brown with a white paunch, sometimes gray (especially in winter). Squirrels are found everywhere, except Australia. The squirrel has valuable fur. Mode of life One of the widely known distinctive features of many squirrels is their ability to reserve nuts for the winter. Some kinds of squirrels dig nuts into the ground; others hide them in the hollows of trees. As scientists suppose, the bad memory of some kinds of squirrels, especially of the gray, helps to keep the woodlands as they dig nuts into the ground and forget about them, and from the germinating seeds new trees appear. In case of any supposed danger some kinds of squirrels rise on their hind legs, bend their forward legs and then inspect the surrounding territory. At detection of the enemy the squirrel often produces a shrill sound, warning other squirrels. Unlike hares or deer, squirrels cannot digest cellulose and consequently eat the vegetation rich with proteins, carbohydrates and fats. The heaviest time for squirrels is the early spring when the buried seeds start to sprout and cannot serve as a food, and new seeds don't mellow. During this period the squirrels eat the buds of trees, particularly of the Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum). Despite widespread opinion, squirrels are omnivorous: besides nuts, seeds, fruits, mushrooms and green vegetation they also eat insects, eggs and even small birds, mammals and frogs. Very often this food replaces the squirrels nuts in tropical countries. Squirrels and humans Squirrels are considered as clever animals, in settlements they are capable of feeding from the birdfeeder, to dig out the landed plants in search of seeds and to settle in housings, such as garrets. Though many companies sell feeding bird-feeders with protection against squirrels, not many of them are actually protected. Sometimes squirrels are considered as vermin as they can gnaw all that is possible and impossible to eat; their teeth are always sharp and gradually grind off (rodents' teeth grow constantly). House owners on territories with a big population of squirrels should carefully close the cellars and attics as squirrels can build their nests there or can spoil something. Some tenants use humane methods for scaring away the squirrels - scatter on attics and in cellars the wool of pets (dogs or cats), that allows squirrels to feel the presence of a predator in these places. Stuffed animals, as a rule, are ignored by squirrels, and the best way to protect anything from damage is to grease it with something like black pepper. Sometimes they arrange traps for squirrels and then they transfer them far away from the dwelling. Squirrel can be tamed for hand feeding. As they are adapted to hide the surpluses of food, they will take from you a lot of food, depending on how many you will offer them. If the human starts to lure the squirrel, it will return to it in a day after new portions. The squirrels living in parks and gardens within the city have realized for a long time that the human is a foodstuffs source. But it is not recommended to feed squirrels from the hands as they can be infected by plagues or other animal diseases. Even if they are not sick, they can wound a hand or bite painfully. Squirrels often become the reason of an electric short circuit. They get into transformer vaults and capacitors looking for food. Later they can be electrocuted and cause a breakdown of equipment. In the USA, twice in history squirrels were the reason of the fall of the NASDAQ share index and have caused a cascade of the switching-off occurrences of electricity at Alabama University. They often sharpen the teeth using tree branches, but they cannot understand the difference between branches and electric wires. Special rubber guards are used now for the protection of wires. One of the most frequent products for the squirrel is the peanut. However recent research of scientists has shown that the enzyme trypsin, which is present in the peanut, interferes with the protein assimilation in the bowel. Dr. James K. Kieswetter from Eastern Washington University advises to feed the squirrels with fried nuts. However, other scientists say, that a peanut of any kind, and also sunflower seeds are insalubrious for squirrels as this food is poor with nutrients and it could be the reason for the metabolic diseases of the bones.