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Gratitude Friday -- I needed a good laugh

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Thanks to Diana, many bloggers have been taking time on Fridays to think about things we're grateful for.

Today, I'm grateful for the laugh I had over this cheeky little squirrel who popped up in a family photo taken near Banff in the Rocky Mountains.

Melissa and Jackson Brandts had set the timer on their camera to take their photo while they posed at Lake Minnewanka near Banff. Just before the camera shot their photo, the squirrel -- perhaps curious about the camera noise -- popped up, in perfect position.

The couple submitted their prized photo to National Geographic.

"We were laughing about this little guy for days," Melissa Brandts, who was visiting Alberta from Minnesota, wrote to National Geographic.

The squirrel photo, submitted to the magazine, was posted in its "Daily Dozen" gallery of readers' pictures on August 7. Since then, newspapers around the world have written about the curious critter -- dubbed the Crasher Squirrel -- and links to the photo have flooded the web.

It has also been photo-shopped to great effect. I like this from CBC:

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Comments (12)

now, that is hysterical. :)

Anne:

Hahaha!! Nothing better than a good laugh on a Friday afternoon, and you certainly gave me that. Thanks for this wonderful entry!!

That is so great. Love the expression on the squirrel's face!

I caught that picture this morning on GMA and laughed so hard my cat jumped. It was the best way to start the day.

LOL! One could not stage something like that! How hilarious! I am grateful for you sharing this laughter with us.

Barb Cabot:

Thank you for sharing this hysterically funny and cute photo. Love it! Happy weekend to you.

Oh, mahalo for the morning laugh - I awoke Ty from a sleep with this ... hmmm, now to get going on learning photoshop. menehune

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Sandra! LOL, that is such a great photo! Great to see Crasher Squirrel making the political rounds too. Ha ha!

Thanks for sharing the laughter...

VickyP:

Love it!! Hilarious!

Oh that is SO good!! :)

That is really funny. I wonder if they realized it when the photo was snapped. They look like they do.

Kim:

That is way too funny! I could have sworn that the first photo was photshopped.

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