Julian Rad, a wildlife photographer from Austria, shows the most lovable wildlife shots of squirrels, hamsters, and foxes that you’ve probably ever seen. I recently came across his work on Instagram and I instantly fell in love with his adorable, funny images. Back in 2015, he won the renowned Comedy Wildlife Photography Award with his image of a running hamster, titled "Rush hour".

We watch nature shows about the big five, while ignoring the daily lives and struggles of the little animals we share our environment with. Especially with animals as quick and skittish as a rodent, capturing just the right moment with a wild subject is no easy task - but Julian has done it so masterfully.

A ground squirrel that enjoys sniffing a flower, a hamster climbing up a blackberry branch or a red squirrel trying to reach for a walnut - each of his images tells a story and evokes emotions. Wildlife photographers always fascinated me for their patience and it seems that Julian wouldn’t mind waiting thousands of hours to get the perfect shot.

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#1 Just... A Little... Bit... Closer

Just... A Little... Bit... Closer

Possibly a reincarnation of Scrat the saber-tooth squirrel from Ice Age in his latest pursuit of the acorn, and by acorn we actually mean this nut. Also - striking a majestic yoga pose while at it.

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Laugh Fan 2 months ago

The reflection in that perfectly still water. Two Scrats for the price of one.

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#2 Happy Fox

Happy Fox

Suddenly, a wild fox appears who seems to be sharing a personal joke with herself. We aren't entirely sure why the smiley face, but it is very contagious.

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Ms.M 2 months ago

Zero fox were given that day

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#3 Summer Feelings..

Summer Feelings..

Lost in meditation this squirrel seems to be making a wish on a flower - "oh, please please please, let my days be filled with nuts and acorns!"

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Night Owl 2 months ago

Beautiful

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#4 European Hamster

European Hamster

A wish on a dandelion. We don't know what sort of wish this hamster is about to make, but we do hope that even his smallest dreams come true.

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Laugh Fan 2 months ago

Apart from needing to know the time with the dandelion clock (or is that just a British thing?) I do wonder what this little critter really was going to do?

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#5 "Ohh.. Who Are You?"

"Ohh.. Who Are You?"

This little squirrel seems to be no stranger to the wonders of winter. Though, she built herself a companion, she seems to be contemplating whether or not her frosty friend truly needs a nose...

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Laugh Fan 2 months ago

Red squirrels are so cute. This one wants that carrot!

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#6 Say Cheeeeese

Say Cheeeeese

Breaking news! A fox catches another fox on camera, and seems like the latter has plenty to say. We wonder if this encounter was coincidental, or perhaps a secret rendezvous planned all along?

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Laugh Fan 2 months ago

Nelson and Vince got together to discuss how much they miss making 'Mongrels'.

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#7 Rush Hour

Rush Hour

This fast and furious predator not only looks like he just escaped prison, he also won the contest of Funny Wildlife Pictures 2015 while doing so. We speculate that it was due to the contents of his cheeks, which remains a mystery up to this day.

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Withnail 2 months ago

Fudge nuggets! I forgot the stove on!

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#8 Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel

Welcome back to Squirrel Yoga 101, today we have ourselves a treat. This pose will surely cure all the leftover blues after Valentine's day, not to mention it's good for your back! All you need to do is hit a local forest, find a mossy twig and let those bad feelings escape you.

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Martti Laurson 2 months ago

There is a nice heart shape going on

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#9 "Can I Touch You?"

"Can I Touch You?"

"Holy acorns! This fluff tail, the fur, and the button black eyes.. truly, an incarnate of perfection! Where have you been my whole life?"

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Douglas Campbell 2 months ago

The Narcissus Myth

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#10 Red Fox

Red Fox

"Do you think the snow will bring out the color in my fur?"

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Carrie de Luka 2 months ago

Beautiful - taking a moment out!

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#11 Ooh

Ooh

They say walnuts are very good for the brains, and here a little fellow looks like he was just hit by the biggest EUREKA moment in the history of rodents.

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Withnail 2 months ago (edited)

Alan! Alan! Alan!

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#12 A Handful Of Flowers

A Handful Of Flowers

Just a friendly passing-by squirrel from a neighboring forest. He seems to be caught on a casual stroll collecting flowers worth of a bouquet.

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Laugh Fan 2 months ago

For me? So kind, thank you.

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#13 Acrobat

Acrobat

We all know that acrobatics comes with a certain risk. However, we believe that this time the risk is worth the delicious raspberries he's about to take!

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Rowlie 2 months ago

Ain't no berry high enough

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#14 Squirrel & Tulip

Squirrel & Tulip

Nothing's better than a tranquil moment in life when you actually stop and smell flowers. And why not strike a majestic pose while doing so?

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sharron lynn parsons 2 months ago

It is surprising that if not edible, they do like to smell !!!

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#15 Ground Squirrel Enjoys The Summer

Ground Squirrel Enjoys The Summer

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Laugh Fan 2 months ago

Big sniff! Ahhhhh.

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#16 Thirsty

Thirsty

After an intensive session of teaching Squirrel Yoga to the whole forest populace, a proper hydration is a must! Even if it's just a handful of tiny droplets.

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sharron lynn parsons 2 months ago

The opportune moment !!!

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#17 Kung Fu Squirrels

Kung Fu Squirrels

These fellows surely know some cool Kung Fu moves! I wonder what could have caused the fight between those two?

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Withnail 2 months ago

I find it kind of hard to believe that EVERYBODY was kung fu fighting.

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#18 Happy Fox

Happy Fox

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Alex Bailey 2 months ago

My teefers! Anyone know a good dentist?

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#19 Take Time To Smell The Flowers

Take Time To Smell The Flowers

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Phoebe Bean 2 months ago

A lovely, lovely photograph!

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#20 Full Cheeks

Full Cheeks

Rumor has it, there's an entire parallel universe that exists inside this hamster's cheeks. It's a universe where only acorns, nuts and pieces of dried grass exist.

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Laugh Fan 2 months ago

Damn, caught cheating on my diet again.

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#21 Ground Squirrels

Ground Squirrels

Do you want to make a bet whether he will share his precious treasure with his friend?

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Laugh Fan 2 months ago

Heh, heh - gonna tickle you under dat armpit.

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#22 "Hey Mr. Snowman, Can I Eat Your Head?"

"Hey Mr. Snowman, Can I Eat Your Head?"

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Laugh Fan 2 months ago

Bleurgh, nope, it isn't made out of icing!!

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#23 Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane? No, It’s A Squirrel!!

Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane? No, It’s A Squirrel!!

And here comes super-squirrel to once again save the day!

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Laugh Fan 2 months ago

Gonna kill that spying photographer.

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#24 Cliffhanger

Cliffhanger

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Carrie de Luka 2 months ago

Where's the Jolly Green Giant when you need him?

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#25 Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel

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Laugh Fan 2 months ago

Hover mode engaged.

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#26 Thirsty Squirrel

Thirsty Squirrel

Let's be real, everyone gets thirsty on a hot summer day and this cute little thing thought of a good way to quench her thirst!

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sharron lynn parsons 2 months ago

The water reflection, is always a great shot !!!

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#27 Autumn Has The Most Beautiful Colours... Do You Agree?

Autumn Has The Most Beautiful Colours... Do You Agree?

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sharron lynn parsons 2 months ago

Checking, is it edible !!!

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#28 Hamster & Poppy

Hamster & Poppy

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sharron lynn parsons 2 months ago

The hamster has beautiful colors !!!

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#29 Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel

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Casper Slinkman 2 months ago (edited)

MOwww smwhit, i'm nwhot ghoing two mwake it...

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#30 Reflections

Reflections

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Ms.M 2 months ago

Beautiful

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