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Is this Britain’s fattest squirrel? Chunky rodent is caught chomping away as he tucks into a nut for dinner

  • David Hoztaby spotted grey squirrel in Horton Park in Bradford, West Yorkshire
  • It was unfazed by the photographer last autumn as it was laser-focused on eating
  • Grey squirrels eat body weight’s worth of food in a week to store fat for winter

These hilarious pictures show a remarkably rotund squirrel chomping on a nut as he lounges on a tree branch.

Part-time photographer David Hoztaby was on his daily afternoon walk in Horton Park in Bradford, West Yorkshire, when the sizeable grey squirrel caught his eye.

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The tree-dweller was unfazed by the approaching photographer as it stood comfortably near the roots of a tree, laser-focused on eating its dinner.

These hilarious pictures show a remarkably rotund squirrel chomping on a nut as he lounges on a tree branch in Horton Park in Bradford, West Yorkshire

These hilarious pictures show a remarkably rotund squirrel chomping on a nut as he lounges on a tree branch in Horton Park in Bradford, West Yorkshire

The rodent looked like it had enjoyed a few too many hazelnuts – although it is also possible that it was pregnant.

The pictures last autumn are some of Mr Hoztaby’s favourites – as he loves spotting unusual wildlife.

Mr Hoztaby from Bingley, West Yorkshire said: ‘I was on my daily walk in the park one afternoon when I spotted the chunky squirrel.

‘I’ve never seen such a big squirrel before so I got my camera out.

‘It caught my eye immediately because it was just so large. I thought “look at the size of that one”.

‘He seemed really engrossed with his meal, he was just chomping away. Which probably explains why he was so big.

‘I’m really happy with the picture because it’s quite funny and you always want to capture something unusual.’

Grey squirrels don’t hibernate over winter but are known to eat their entire body weight’s worth of food in a week during autumn to store fat to brave the oncoming cold.

The greedy eaters will also collect and hide nuts to enjoy later on.

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The IT manager primarily shoots landscape photography but said he finds snapping wildlife relaxing as it allows him to get some fresh air.

The rodent looked like it has enjoyed a few too many hazelnuts - although it is also possible that it is pregnant

The rodent looked like it has enjoyed a few too many hazelnuts – although it is also possible that it is pregnant

He said: ‘I do mainly landscape photography but I do some wildlife as well when I go on walks because I find it therapeutic.

‘It’s nice to get some fresh air as well.

‘I think wildlife photography is particularly interesting because I like to see the animal’s antics.

‘One day I hope photography is all I’ll be doing.’

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