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'Vampire' Squirrel Has World's Fluffiest Tail 54

sciencehabit (1205606) writes Few scientists have ever seen the rare tufted ground squirrel (Rheithrosciurus macrotis), which hides in the hilly forests of Borneo, but it is an odd beast. It's twice the size of most tree squirrels, and it reputedly has a taste for blood. Now, motion-controlled cameras have revealed another curious fact. The 35-centimeter-long rodent has the bushiest tail of any mammal compared with its body size.
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'Vampire' Squirrel Has World's Fluffiest Tail

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  • Holy Crap!!! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by quantaman ( 517394 ) on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @04:29AM (#47358145)

    Local legends suggest that Rheithrosciurus, which is thought to mostly eat giant acorns, can be savage. Hunters say that the squirrels will perch on low branches, jump onto a deer, gash its jugular vein, and disembowel the carcass. "It sounds pretty fantastical," says a skeptical Roland Kays, a zoologist at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. "Even more than its fluffy tail."

    This sounds far too awesome to be fact checked.

  • by agentgonzo ( 1026204 ) on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @07:10AM (#47358573)
    It's in the science section. It's news about science. Slashdot is more than just maths and computers. Science is more than just Physics.

The unfacts, did we have them, are too imprecisely few to warrant our certitude.