The squirrels of Lafayette Park

 

Over the holidays I went to visit my Mom in Washington, D.C.  Across the street from the White House is Lafayette Park, aka Squirrel Heaven, the highest density of squirrels in the United States.  There is a line item in the federal budget to feed the squirrels, ostensibly to keep them from digging up the bulbs.  The tourists and government workers feed them too.  Hence, you have some very fat and very tame squirrels.  During my visit in freezing weather, I must have seen close to 50 squirrels in this park that covers only one square block.  They are very friendly and will come right up to you to have their pictures taken.  Here are my favorites.

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