Although squirrels are known to be intelligent, they do need to shed their fur every now and again. 

Niki Colemont 35, a photographer who captured squirrels with a wide variety of props, has perfectly captured their playful nature.

Niki was born in Rwanda and now resides in Belgium. He was four years old when he was taken to an orphanage along with his sister at the beginning of the Rwandan genocide. He eVentually established a career in Europe, and began to take up amateur photography. In 2016, he focused on improving his wildlife photography.

To make it easy for squirrels to play with, he uses various props, including miniature parks benches, drinks cans, flowers and even trees.

One of his photographs shows a squirrel riding on the back a model reindeer as though it was a person riding a horse.

One squirrel stands on its hind feet and holds a small flower in its mouth. 

Speaking about how he sets up the photos, Niki said: ‘For 6 years, I’ve used food in every setup, but I have to place it in such a way that it won’t be visible in the pictures. After six years of photographing squirrels, there were some moments that I’ll never forget.

“I spent approximately 5 hours per day watching my small friends. Some days were difficult. It’s important not to give up and always go back and try to capture that one image you have in mind.’

'Where to sir?' In this picture, Niki has captured a squirrel attempting to grab a ride on the back of a model of a reindeer

“Where are you sir?” Niki captured this squirrel trying to ride on top of a reindeer model.

This inquisitive squirrel was snapped as it stood on its hind legs with its arms clinging onto the petals of a brightly coloured flower. The animal then leans in as if sniffing the plant

As the squirrel stood upright on its hind legs, its arms were clasped onto brightly colored petals. It then leans in, as though sniffing the flowers.

Lunch time! It looks like it's lunchtime in this playful picture as a squirrel seems to approach a tiny picnic bench, on which a red container of food has been left

It’s lunch time! This playful photo shows it as lunchtime. A squirrel approaches a small picnic bench on which is left a container of food.

To infinity...: This squirrel demonstrated its bravery and channelled its inner King Kong as it climbed to the top of a tall tower of tin cans

To infinity …: As it climbs up a tower made of Tin Cans, this squirrel shows its courage.

On the move: With a large nut safely secured for dinner dangling from its mouth, this squirrel can be seen as it scampers along a tree branch

This squirrel is on the move. A large nut that it has secured in its mouth for dinner can be seen hanging from its mouth as it scamper along a branch.

How does it smell? A seemingly popular pose amongst squirrel, Niki manged to capture the moment this squirrel leant in close to a vibrant pink flower to have a smell

It smells amazing! Niki managed to capture this moment when a squirrel posed in a popular position among squirrels.

Running around looking for food is thirsty work, as this squirrel demonstrated as it began poking its head into the top of a drinks can to have a sip

This squirrel showed that it is not easy to run around searching for food. He began to perch on the top of a drink can, and took one sip.

Easy does it! Offering a glimpse into how he sets up some of his photos, Niki left his hand, full of nuts in this shot to show how he grabs the squirrel's attention

This is easy. Niki offers a glimpse at his setup of some photos. Niki’s hand is full of nuts, so this photo shows how Niki grabs the squirrels attention.

Early years: Though fully grown, this squirrel seemingly enjoyed the opportunity to suck on a baby pacifier in this photo, which had the words 'I love mama' on it

Even though he was fully grown, this young squirrel apparently enjoyed sucking on a baby Pacifier. It had the words, “I Love Mama.”

Since turning to photography, Niki has used a number of props to help set up creative snaps of squirrels, including this one which features a syringe

Niki started taking photographs when she was a teenager. She has used many props since then, such as this syringe to take creative shots of squirrels.

Date night! This squirrel seemingly liked the look of this child's doll on a pink scooter, as he appeared to lean in for a kiss

It was a date night! As he seemed to enjoy the doll’s pink-colored appearance, this squirrel appeared to want a cuddle.

Looks like rain! Not feeling like getting its fur wet with the turning weather, this squirrel appeared to open up an umbrella to protect itself

It looks like it’s raining! The squirrel seemed to be unable to take the weather’s changing conditions to its fur so it opened an umbrella.

Daredevil: This stunning photo sees a confident squirrel clinging onto a tree branch as it leans down precariously to a large body of water

Daredevil – This amazing photo shows a squirrel holding onto a tree branch while it leans over a body of water.

Feeling festive: It's never too early to put the Christmas decorations up for this squirrel who looks as though it is preparing a bright red bauble

The squirrel seems to be preparing for Christmas.

Flying high: Niki captured this elegant photo of a squirrel as it jumps through the air - its tail can be seen trailing behind it, while it focuses its attention on its landing

Flying high; Niki snapped this photo of an elegant squirrel leaping through the air. The tail can be seen following it while the squirrel focuses on landing.

Tucking in: Having arrived at a small prop wooden bench, this squirrel wasted no time in eating the food left for it in a small red container

Tossing in: This squirrel arrived on a wooden bench and quickly ate the food in its small, red container.

On the road again: This squirrel seems to have practised its waving as it travels in a toy carriage being pulled by a doll on a pink horse - as it passes by the camera it seems to raise a hand as if waving

It’s back on the road. This squirrel appears to have practiced waving while it traveled in a carriage toy pulled by a doll riding a horse. As the camera pans by it raises a hand, as though waving.

Top of the food chain: This squirrel knows who's boss as it attempts to ride on the back of a toy dinosaur while carrying a nut triumphantly in its mouth

The top of the food chain: A squirrel knows its boss, as it attempts riding on the back of an animator dinosaur and carries a victory nut in its mouth.

Running home for dinner: Conscious not to leave its family waiting, this squirrel appears to have been in a hurry as it leaped through the air, carrying a large nut

Run home for dinner: This squirrel, conscious not to delay its family, leapt through the air, carrying an enormous nut.