Cuteness alert! Red squirrels caught on camera relaxing in their very own bar
Super cute pictures have captured a group of red squirrels relaxing in a miniature bar designed just for them in Bispgården, Sweden. The images show the squirrels seemingly drinking from tiny cups at the bar. One squirrel plays pool, while another acts as the barman.
Other amusing shots show two squirrels playing cards across a minuscule table as others take a turn on the slot machines and some small birds join in the fun. The cute photographs were taken by local artist and photographer Geert Weggen.
“After four years of capturing squirrels daily, some ideas evolved like this theme,” he said. “I created a small bar scene and placed a pool table and some gamble machines with it. The squirrels in the scenes are looking for food.”
Geert has an outside studio at the side of his house which backs onto a forest. He explained how he took the photographs and the problems he faced with his squirrelly subjects. “I put some food in the air and stacked it in places where I was hoping the squirrels would come,” he said.“It often takes some days for these wild squirrels to get used to some props which are challenging. The main problem in these shots was that the squirrels like to climb on the tables instead of standing beside them.
Geert acknowledges that his images can look a little unbelievable but insists everything is real and explained why squirrels make the perfect subjects. “Squirrels are able to hold things like apes or humans and beside that they can walk on two legs,” he added. “That makes them perfect to capture them in similar situations to humans. They are a wonderful size to create miniature and fantasy worlds."
“This kind of shooting is creating fairytales in reality. I never can predict if squirrels are coming or if they will do what I hope they will do and that makes this kind of photography a big challenge every time.”