I think its fair to say that I really love sharing stuff.
Although I get sent a lot of stuff from friends, I also (in the loosest sense of the word) research pictures that are currently proving popular or going ‘viral’. My logic being that if people are sharing the pics then it’s worthy of being shared with our own community of sloth lovers.
Yesterday I happened across a picture of a Siberian flying squirrel which I shared with our Share sloth community on Facebook.
I’ve never researched flying squirrels before but having spent a little time browsing the web, I have to say, these flying squirrels are absolutely gorgeous!!
Unfortunately for these cute little critters, the flying squirrel is not capable of powered flight like birds or bats (because you know, that would be super awesome); instead, they glide between trees.
With that said, gliding seems quite an effective way to get from A to B with distances of up to 90 meters (295 ft) being covered.
The direction and speed of the squirrel in midair is varied by changing the positions of its two arms and legs which in turn changes the tautness of the patagium, a furry parachute-like membrane that stretches from the squirrels wrists to its ankle.
On top of all that, it has a fluffy tail that stabilizes in flight. The tail acts as a kind of airfoil, working as an air brake before the squirrel lands on a tree trunk or other object..
So in short, flying squirrels are awesome AND cute! To prove it here are some super cute
Flying Squirrel Pictures
Originally posted 2014-04-25 23:00:06.