F is for Flying Squirrel
This lovely creature is a Southern Flying Squirrel – this photo is by Leah and if you click the picture you can see her other photos on Flikr.
Here is a pet one in flight on Wiki:
These little squirrels have a furry membrane that stretches from their wrists to their ankles, which allows them to glide through the air when they jump from a branch – they are very quick, and can steer in the air using their flattened tail (quite unlike that of other squirrels) as a rudder.
They live in North America in deciduous and mixed woods, and eat fruit and nuts from trees. They also eat, insects, fungus, carrion, birds’ eggs, nestlings and flowers.
They are social animals and like to forage in groups.
Cute or what?!
Poem © Liz Brownlee
Facts courtesy of Wiki.
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