Arctic ground squirrel at Denali National Park in Alaska
This arctic ground squirrel was extremely curious and friendly. He showed no signs of fear of visitors to the park, and was tough to photograph because he was more interested in climbing on the end of my lens!
The Arctic ground squirrel is a species of ground squirrel native to the Arctic. People in Alaska, particularly around the Aleutians, refer to them as "Parka" squirrels, most likely because their pelt is good for making the fur edging on the hoods of Parka style jackets.