Atlas, the Squirrel

Vicky Walker of Portchesther, Portsmouth, UK, found this squirrel in her backyard that looks just like ... Atlas!

Hauling a hefty coconut into the air with consummate ease, the grey squirrel is going to extraordinary lengths as he prepares his hoard of food for the winter.

In one pose, he resembles Atlas - famous in Greek mythology for supporting the heavens on his shoulders - as he hoists the shell aloft.

The next moment, he buries his head inside the coconut.

Then, in a daring finish worthy of a circus strongman, the squirrel balances his prize on one little fist. The miniature marvel was spotted in the back garden of Vicky Walker, in Portchester, Fareham, near Portsmouth.


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Sigh. Its Portsmouth which is in Sussex in the UK, not Portchester. Coconuts are sold in the uk, ever heard of importing? And its been 'shopped to take out the string at the top, it was suspended from a washing line by a strong string and a hole made in the bottom, he's basically sticking his head in a dangling coconut. There. I sucked the fun outta that one for you.
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You've heard of feeding Beer to Cows to make the meat taste better, have you not? If you haven't = well, you get the idea now, don't you?
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