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Mysterious "Vampire Squirrel" Finally Caught on Camera

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Mysterious "Vampire Squirrel" Finally Caught on Camera - by Danny Lewis/ Smart News: Keeping You Current/ SmithsonianMag.com

"The newly discovered squirrel has the fluffiest tail of any animal, may also disembowel deer

According to locals, a mysterious beast lurks deep in the jungles of Borneo. It pounces on unsuspecting deer from the treetops, rips their bodies apart with its razor-sharp teeth and devours their organs. It might sounds like an urban ledgend, but these stories are based on a real animal: the “vampire squirrel” of Borneo.

“Dayak hunters sometimes find these disemboweled deer in the forest, none of the flesh eaten, which to them is a clear sign of a squirrel kill,” explains a 2014 study published in Taprobanica, a journal dedicated to Asian biodiversity. “In villages close to the forest edge there were also accounts of the squirrel killing domestic chickens and eating the heart and liver only.”..."


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(Joseph Wolf [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)


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