One of my Canadian friends over on the message board who goes by Saucy is always letting me know about any squirrely tidbits she comes across in her internet travels. She was the one who clued me in on the story of Toilet Squirrel last week, and a few days ago she gave me a link featuring an excellent gallery of squirrel pictures from all over the world that appeared on the Calgary Herald’s website. If you love squirrel pictures, check out that link… there are many amazing sciurine photos over there, including the red squirrel from Poland I led off this post with!
For this week’s Saturday Squirrel feature, however, I want to focus on the pictures in that gallery that stood out the most to me… and that’s the photos of the Eastern European and Asian squirrels. I grew up in the dying days of the Cold War, and I have no idea what those communist countries were doing to their squirrels that made them so magnificently beautiful, but it’s the one victory the Red Army can claim over the free world…
Get a load of this squirrel from the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, and tell me we could ever be in the moral right to drop a bomb on a country with such a beautiful looking animal….
Not only are these squirrels of the eastern world much more colorful than their western cousins… let’s face it, their most appealing feature is the ear tufts, which are much more pronounced and flamboyant than even those of the red squirrel. These squirrels absolutely rock this look, and it goes well with their thicker coat of fur, which they need to survive the harsh, mountainous winters in the former USSR.
Even Red China is overrun by the cutest squirrels you’ll ever see. Check out this ebony fellow….
We may have won the war against the spread of communism, but we will have to admit defeat in the Miss Universe squirrel pageant. We gave Russia things like freedom and McDonalds, and what did they ever give us besides Yakov Smirnoff? How about exporting a few of these beauties over to the States, so that the people of the First World can bask in the glory of their furry awesomeness? I think even Arizona would welcome these illegal immigrants….
Have a great weekend, comrade!