The struggle to survive isn't always a fair fight.
Powerful legs help the slinky fox push and pull itself straight up a tree trunk.
Super-sharp claws on every digit help the squirrel stick to trees like a cocklebur on cotton socks.
The gray fox has strong, hooked claws that allow it to climb trees.
Squirrels can leap 10 feet across open space, traveling limb to limb at 20 mph.
The gray fox’s special ability to climb trees doesn’t beat the fox squirrel’s superior stickiness and seemingly weightless speed. The squirrel escapes.
Angie Daly Morfeld
Nichole LeClair Terrill