Is it just me or does the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics mascot Sumi look like a squirrel? From Vancouver2010.com:
Sumi is an animal spirit who lives in the mountains of British Columbia. Like many Canadians, Sumi's background is drawn from many places. He wears the hat of the orca whale, flies with the wings of the mighty thunderbird and runs on the strong furry legs of the black bear.
So he has a whale hat, can fly and has bear legs, but what is he? Looks like a squirrel to me.
Just came back from a trip to the Bahamas and ran across a wonderful species of squirrels at the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Center in Nassau. The squirrel was black, white and red and is called the Prevost's Squirrel. The Prevost's squirrel is native to Southeast Asia. Also, here is an education lesson from the Ardastra Gardens website.
Tree squirrels - have long, bushy tails, sharp claws and large ears. Some have well-developed ear tufts.
Flying squirrels - have a furred membrane (patagiuim) extending between the wrist and ankle that allows them to glide between trees.
Ground squirrels - are generally more robust than tree squirrels and often have short, sturdy forelimbs that are used for digging. Their tails, while fully furred, generally are not as bushy as those of tree squirrels. Like many other rodents, all squirrels have five functional toes on the hindfeet and four on the forefeet, with a well-developed claw on each digit.
By the way, if you ever take a Disney Cruise and have a stopver in Nassau, I highly recommend the Ardastra Garden and City Tour since it stops at Ardastra Gardens.