Leopard Spermophile, Male and Female, 1845-1848

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Late in life, naturalist John James Audubon made a final expedition to the western plains in search of four-footed mammals. These striped ground squirrels would be tempting prey for many birds, especially hawks and owls. After the squirrels had left, burrowing owls might take over their underground dens.

Leopard Spermophile, Male and Female
Artist Life
American (born Saint-Domingue, now Haiti), 1785-1851
Accession Number
Dwight and Helen Minnich, Minneapolis; sold to MIA, 1966.
Catalogue Raisonne
Nissen: 51; Casey Wood, p. 208
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