Many people in Ottawa are noticing squirrels are looking a little fatter than usual this year.

As Mother Nature continues to press the hold button on winter weather, the city's squirrels are getting ample time to bulk up. 

Squirrels don't hibernate.

They need to pack on enough pounds to get them through the lean times.

And these squirrels seem to be finding plenty to eat.

There's been lots of support for these "fluffy, tubby" squirrel friends — some have even named them.


Some squirrel photos also show off the beauty of Ottawa — with no snow yet in sight.

With a high of 10 C set for today, the chill of winter still seems far away.

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