This observation was made on a recent trip to the Dallas Zoo.

Wikipedia has this to say about Fox Squirrels:

Female eastern fox squirrels come into estrus in mid-December or early January then again in June. They normally produce two litters a year, however, yearling females may only produce one. Females become sexually mature at 10 to 11 months of age and usually produce their first litter when they are a year old.

The Fox Squirrel in this picture waited patiently while a small group of zoo visitors ate their lunch at this picnic table. After the group finished eating and left the table, the squirrel quickly moved in to check for scraps.
The Fox Squirrel in this picture waited patiently while a small group of zoo visitors ate their lunch at this picnic table. After the group finished eating and left the table, the squirrel quickly moved in to check for scraps.
I really enjoy watching squirrels. This one was quite silly acting as it worked its way up to the table top in search of an easy meal.
I really enjoy watching squirrels. This one was quite silly acting as it worked its way up to the table top in search of an easy meal.
The picnickers did a pretty good job of cleaning up after themselves, so the squirrel found the picking kind of slim. Still he quickly managed to find these crumbs (chips or sunflower seeds).
The picnickers did a pretty good job of cleaning up after themselves, so the squirrel found the picking kind of slim. Still he quickly managed to find these crumbs (chips or sunflower seeds).
Delicious!
Delicious!