It's January 21 again, and that means it's Squirrel Appreciation Day!
There is no shortage of interesting tales about this adorable and spunky critter, whether the story of the squirrel who fought off crows to defend his fallen friend, or the cat that raised a baby squirrel and taught it to purr.
This mid-winter day is the perfect time to give thanks for the furry little friends we might otherwise take for granted. And while they may be seen as pests or a nuisance on other occasions, use Squirrel Appreciation Day to show some love for them in all of their animal beauty, and throw a couple of nuts their way while you're at it!
According to the NWF, Squirrel Appreciation Day was created by Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator from North Carolina, in 2001.
Check out some incredible photos of this diverse and amazing species below, and CLICK HERE for more tips on how you can celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day.