Sabre-Toothed Squirrel Mystifies Scientists
Scientists are flummoxed as sightings of the extremely rare and long thought to be extinct Sabre-toothed Squirrel have been reported on Prince’s Island in Calgary, Alberta. One observer was even able to capture a never before seen photograph of the extraordinary breed. Scientists don’t quite know what to make of the news, saying it must be some sort of unprecedented genetic throw-back dating back to the Pleistocene epoch.
The Eastern Grey Squirrel
Alright, maybe those protrusions aren’t really the deadly sharp canines they appear to be. Maybe they’re just a couple of peanuts in the shell we threw to our adept little friend, the Eastern Grey Squirrel. Despite their name, Eastern Grey squirrels are not always grey. Some are grey, some are black and some are cinnamon. The Eastern Grey Squirrel is not native to Calgary. According to one source (weaslehead.org), Tom Baines, the director of the Calgary Zoo in 1938, obtained seven squirrels for display purposes on a visit to Ontario. The squirrels soon multiplied, and, as an experiment, six pairs were released beside the Elbow River, in the Elbow Park area of Calgary.
Since then, the squirrels have spread throughout the entire city and they’re thriving. City life seems to suit them, mostly because the city holds few of their natural enemies (hawks, Great Horned Owls, coyotes and weasels). The automobile is the biggest predator for these urban squirrels. Eastern Grey Squirrels do not hibernate. During stormy weather, they stay in their shelters, perhaps eating some food from their caches (or waiting patiently for a friend to bring them some of their favourite treats).
Eastern Grey Squirrel by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2011 madlyinlovewithlife