These squirrels look like they couldn’t be happier as they frolic and romp around together.
The adorable creatures smiled at each other as they played their game of foolishness.
Wim van den Heever captured the playful duo at Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in Botswana.
Wim is 43 years old, and he was on vacation with his son in South Africa when these photographs were captured.
Wim is an expert in wildlife photography and runs a company called Tusk Photo that takes its clients to wildlife hotspots around the world.
He said: “We were at a waterhole waiting for some animals to come down and drink, but while we were sitting there, we spotted a ground squirrel hole nearby.”
“We watched them for hours, coming and going from the hole, playing and even foraging for food.
“They were timid and raced back into their burrow, so we sat as quietly as we could, hoping to catch some of the action.
“The squirrels came out of the hole, and I was able to take these pictures of them playing.”
“The squirrel acts incredibly fast, and you can’t see what is happening until you look at the pictures afterwards.
“I set up about 20 meters away from where the squirrels seemed to interact naturally, with long lenses in-hand for the fast action and a large lens for everything else.”
“I’m really excited that their behavior is more similar to human-type interactions.”