beasts of the canadian prairies

The fall season on Sait campus in Calgary on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. The autumnal tress at Sait in their bright fall attire. (Photo by Pier Moreno Silvestri/The Press)
The fall season on Sait campus in Calgary on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. The autumnal tress at Sait in their bright fall attire. (Photo by Pier Moreno Silvestri/The Press)

Alice: How long is forever? White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second.

Black Beast
Black Beast- Grey squirrel colour morph (Photo by Pier E MS)
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flying rats – Pigeons (Photo by Pier E MS)
Brown rabbit (Photo by Pier Moreno)
A skip – White-tailed jackrabbit (Photo by Pier E MS)

Back home the beasts are much different; flying cockroaches, iguanas, guacharaca birds, jaguars, caimans and many more. Sufficed to say that bunnies, birds and squirrels are a nice change of pace.

A bad nut (Photo by Pier Moreno)
A bad nut – Grey squirrel colour morph (Photo by Pier E MS)

Little is known about black squirrel life, still, scientists have come to some conclusions about them. Black squirrels are not a separate species at all, but a melanistic morpheme, known to scientists as a “color morph,” a fairly rare genetic variation. All of the black squirrels are actually morphs of the grey squirrel.

Just a peek (Photo by Pier Moreno)
Just a furtive peek – Hermit thrush (Photo by Pier E MS)
Brown rabbit 2 (Photo by Pier Moreno)
and a hop -White-tailed jackrabbit (Photo by Pier E MS)
Travel in pairs (Photo by Pier Moreno)
Travel in pairs – Mallards (Photo by Pier E MS)
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Free fare zone – Hermit thrush (Photo by Pier E MS)

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