#158 – The Squirrelcoon

Photo taken: October 30, 2015

What would you get if you paired a squirrel with a raccoon?  The result of that genetic experiment may look a little something like this very unique squirrel I caught roaming my neighborhood for a brief time in the Fall of 2015.  There’s actually no weird experiment going on here…. at least, I think there isn’t.  The thick fur on a squirrel’s tail doesn’t all come in at once, and there is usually an orangish-yellow undercoat beneath it that is exposed for a time, especially in adolescents.  It’s not totally unusual to see a squirrel somewhere in the midst of this furry molting process… but to see that striped tail pattern like the squirrelcoon has is very weird!  I’ve never seen another squirrel like it before!  Now as for that orange toupee he has…. well, he needs to give Donald Trump back his hairpiece.

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14 Responses to #158 – The Squirrelcoon

  1. the tail looks a little coon-like… we have to check the pedigree ;O)

  2. The Cheeto colored toupee looks like it’s on the tail, too!

  3. draliman says:

    That’s one crazy-looking squirrel. Maybe he read your post on “punk” and gave it a try.

  4. Well that guy is one happenin’ dude! Not every squirrel has the chutzpah to pull that kind of look off. Very rad.

    Pam

    • It’s definitely a fashion forward look that’s ahead of its time. Even squirrels want to be noticed, though I’d imagine they DON’T want to be noticed by hawks and feral cats….

  5. Quirky Girl says:

    Cross breeding makes for much cooler looking animals, right? 😛

  6. Maybe he’s half red and half gray? Do you live in an area where they mix? We are entirely gray around here, but I know there are parts of the country where they mix.

    • Every squirrel I have ever seen around here is grey. We don’t even have the brown grey squirrels. No, that’s just a case of its thick grey fur not fully growing in yet. The undercoat is a light orangish color. But that’s the only time I’ve ever seen the grey overcoat grow in to where there’s temporarily stripes showing!

  7. Trisha says:

    That’s the strangest-looking squirrel I’ve ever seen!

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