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An endangered species Flying Squirrel captured in Jharkhand

Oct 30, 2014 18:45 IST

An endangered species Flying Squirrel was captured by the forest department officials on 29 October 2014 at Balijharan village in Jagannathpur sub-division of West Singhbhum district, Jharkhand. The local tribes call it Oraal.

The Flying Squirrel was spotted under a tree near a primary school building. The officials of forest department said that the species is on the verge of extinction.
Following the capture, the forest officials conducted a medical check on it and sent it to Birsa Zoological Park, Ranchi.

About Flying Squirrel
The bird is scientifically known as Pteromyini or Petauristini. Flying Squirrel is native to Illinois, US and has dense population pockets in many areas of Kane and DuPage county.

Flying squirrels are nocturnal, arboreal rodents that have thick light brown, grey, or cinnamon fur on their upper body, with a furry membrane which extends between the front and rear leg that allows the animal to glide through the air.
It has greyish flanks with a cream or white underbelly. They have very large, round black eyes and a flat tail.  They are much smaller than everyday squirrels, but capable of doing just as much damage to a home.


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