Forget superman – These super-squirrels hop branches with impressive jumping skills

A set of squirrels have perfected the ‘Superman pose’ while hopping across branches.

Pete Walkden, 45, from Birmingham, took a series of photos while visiting the woodland in the Scottish Highlands near Inverness.

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The images show several wild red squirrels that were jumping across branches with both arms and legs stretched out.

Pete, a wildlife photographer, said: “Each squirrel has its own style for jumping across. Some appear very flat, whereas others have their legs and tail going in all directions.

“The tail is used to help balance the jumps, and is twisted and shaken as the squirrel hurtles through the air.

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“This is particularly apparent during windy days, when the lightweight animal can be blown off target by a gust.

“In certain cases, when all that can be seen of the squirrel is the head, and front paws, they remind me of Superman, or perhaps Super-Squirrel in this case. They just need a little red cape.”

Pete was lucky to photograph the squirrels jumping as each leap lasts less than one second.

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He added: “Each jump is completed in a fraction of a second, so a burst of images is taken, and it comes down to luck and timing if the end result is in focus.

“Typically from five images taken per jump, one might be sharp, but even then, the head might not be in focus.”