Rare Flying Squirrel Mom and Babies Caught on Camera

This is the lovely second a nature lover captures uncommon Siberian flying squirrels on digicam as a mum and her two kittens emerge from a hole tree trunk.

The cute photographs present how the photographer noticed droppings from the animals and guessed {that a} gap in a tree is likely to be their dwelling.

And positive sufficient, the mom finally emerges, poking her head cautiously out of the outlet within the trunk.

And a lot to his shock, after she has absolutely exited the outlet, two child squirrels stick their heads out as properly.

Newsflash spoke to Ossi Saarinen, who has practically 300,000 followers on Instagram, in an unique interview, and he stated: “I took the video in Espoo, Southern Finland, in the summer of 2021.

“I knew there have been Siberian flying squirrels someplace within the space, so I went in search of any potential tracks. I discovered some droppings beneath one tree that indicated that there have been some flying squirrels round.

“Then I tried to search for their nesting hole. I found one good-looking hole high on the tree and decided to wait if something would come out. As flying squirrels are mostly nocturnal, I had to wait until it got dark (or as dark as it gets in the Finnish summer).

“I used to be very blissful to see the mom squirrel popping out of the outlet however even happier and fairly stunned after I noticed these two lovely infants. I did not anticipate to be that fortunate. In that summer time, I spent many nights on the spot and obtained to watch the squirrels so much.”

Ossi added: “I’ve been tremendous keen on nature and particularly wild animals since I used to be a younger child.

“I used to go out just to observe wildlife with my bare eyes or through binoculars. At the age of 18, in 2015, I tried to take some photos and fell in love with photography immediately. I especially like how I can save those interesting moments that I experience in nature and how I can share them with others.

“In wildlife pictures, I additionally actually take pleasure in how difficult it’s. You by no means know what you are going to see.”

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Photographer Ossi Saarinen who recorded Siberian flying squirrels in Espoo, Southern Finland.

He stated that getting good photographs actually does depend upon plenty of components.

“Sometimes, I get very lucky and get a very nice shot in after only a few minutes in nature. But sometimes, several weeks pass by without me getting any good pictures. I’d say that 99 percent of the time goes into searching and waiting for the animals and less than one percent into the actual photography.

“I consider there is not any such factor as a ‘excellent image’ and it is at all times potential to get a greater one.”

Ossi published a children’s book in 2019 called ‘How to Find a Fox’.

He said: “It’s a youngsters’s e-book made in collaboration with American writer Kate Gardner. She wrote the storyline and I selected the images.

“As the title says, it’s about red foxes, telling a bit about their life and where, when and how it’s possible to find them.

“It contains plenty of photographs of pink foxes and a few different animals that I’ve photographed prior to now few years.”

Ossi added that Siberian flying squirrels (Pteromys volans) are a rare sight in Finland.

He uses a “full-frame Canon physique (5D Mark IV) with a number of completely different lenses, the longest one being 400mm”.

Ossi explained: “To disguise from the shy animals, I take advantage of completely different sorts of camo nets and hides.

“I also sometimes use trail cameras that I leave in the forest and come and check out later to see which animals have passed by.”

Speaking about making ends meet, Ossi stated: “Wildlife photography certainly isn’t the easiest job to make a living and it’s not big money, but, so far, it’s been enough to live.

“More essential than cash for me, it is that I’m capable of do what I really like and be my very own boss.”

This story was supplied to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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