Adorable Beggar

Adorable Beggar

My kiddos and I were out braving the heat at the Phoenix Zoo yesterday. The summers are usually slow at the zoo since many of the animals will not venture out of the shade and roam their enclosures. However, the heat did not stop one cute critter. Along one of the hottest and steepest areas of the zoo, our path was blocked by a round-tailed ground squirrel .

These little cuties run all over my yard most of the year but out where I live they are very skiddish since they are at risk of being eaten by all sorts of predators. But this little squirrel lives at the zoo and is obviously not afraid of people. He stood up on the burning pavement and begged for something to eat. He was so cute that I couldn’t resist. I moved over to the shoudler so his little feet wouldn’t burn and he followed right along. I threw a couple of dried cherries onto the ground and he scampered off to eat them. Here he is enjoying the fruits of his labors.


Begging squirrels might not be rare in your neck of the woods but it is in this desert. My kids were so excited -and so was I!

About Janice

I am so glad you stopped by. Kick your shoes off and hang with me a while. I am an Arizona native, wife to a hard-working hubby, mom of two, and daughter of the King. I love sharing recipes, crafts, and family activities that any mom can do. Life is complicated enough, right? When I am not up to my ears in laundry, dishes, and creating for Celebrating Family, you will also find me at East Valley Mom Guide. Come follow me on Google +, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Debra Wagner says

    They are soooo… adorable

  2. Ohhh adorable squirrel over there.. I bet the kids were hard to say no

  3. Auntie Pam says

    How cute! I love the zoo, wish I was there!

  4. Rachel Gaspard says

    Awww, he is a cutie!!