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This Guy Captures Delightfully Weird Photos Of Squirrels Weightlifting

Max Ellis poses the squirrels right in his London backyard.

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London photographer Max Ellis often photographs body builders.

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But they're no match for the buff squirrels he encounters in his own backyard.

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OK, so Ellis actually does some behind-the-scenes staging to get his Squirrelisimo photos exactly right.

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He hangs the props from fishing wire and waits for the right moment, which can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.

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"People either think 'What a saddo,' or assume it's Photoshopped," Ellis, 52, told BuzzFeed News.

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Over the past three years, Ellis has periodically staged the sets in his own backyard.

It all started when he needed a new idea to keep up his daily photo blog. He turned to the squirrels, willing subjects who visit his house four or five times a day.
Max Ellis / Via maxphotographic.com

It all started when he needed a new idea to keep up his daily photo blog. He turned to the squirrels, willing subjects who visit his house four or five times a day.

Photoshoot day or not, Ellis said always he sets out food for his squirrel friends.

"Sometimes I imagine I see a look of slight disappointment when there's just a pile of sunflower seeds on the table," he said. "They're like, 'Where's the playground?!'"
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"Sometimes I imagine I see a look of slight disappointment when there's just a pile of sunflower seeds on the table," he said. "They're like, 'Where's the playground?!'"

In Ellis' world, the squirrels don't just lift weights. They also make movies.

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And play Jenga.

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They even pull off impressive feats of magic.

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And fight dinosaurs.

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Ellis, who is also a published children's book author, is working on getting his photo series in print.

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Squirrels aren't his only four-legged subjects of choice: Ellis also posts a "stag of the day" photo to Instagram.

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But the squirrels aren't jealous.

"It's about time the squirrels got their time in the sun," he said.
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"It's about time the squirrels got their time in the sun," he said.

H/T Mashable

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