Squirrel Sneaks into Family Photo

The photo of this squirrel crashing its way into the photograph of the couple posing in the background is becoming viral across the Web.

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Photo by Melissa Brandts

Melissa Brandts and her husband were hiking in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, and decided to take a portrait of themselves with spectacular Lake Minnewanka in the background, writes Marilyn Terrell on the Intelligent Travel blog.

“Melissa set up the camera’s timer and went back to pose,” Terrell writes.

“Meanwhile, attracted by the ticking timer, a Columbian ground squirrel, common in the park, popped up to investigate. Click! ‘Self-Portrait With Ground Squirrel’ was born.”

Read what happened next on the Intelligent Travel blog >>

Melissa Brandts sent the photo to National Geographic magazine’s Your Shot, and photo editor Susan Welchman chose it for her Daily Dozen gallery last week. Click here to view National Geographic’s Your Shot: Daily Dozen >>

See many more photos of “Nuts,” the Banff squirrel popping up in photos of Presidential news conferences, famous moments in history, even with the first people on the moon >>

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