Two mammals posed for portraits in a short time this morning.
This is a white-tailed buck with misshapen antlers: an extra spike and nodules at the base. Apparently, these can be caused by damage to the deer’s pedicles (region from which antlers grow). However, this buck also had a truncated tail, so it may have had more problems.
The Columbian ground squirrel is fairly common, but it rarely approaches closely and poses.