Check out the awesomely bushy tails on these squirrels! These are tufted ground squirrels (Rheithrosciurus macrotis), an incredibly rare rodent which likes to hide out in the hilly forests of Borneo and sports a tail more voluminous (relative to its body size) than that of any other mammal. These splendid tales are 30% larger than the volume of the squirrel’s body.

It’s not clear why Rheithrosciurus needs so much tail, but Emily Mae and her co-authors believe the bobbing mass of fur might confuse clouded leopards and other predators, or prevent them from getting a good grasp when they strike. That idea sounds plausible to Hawkins, who says that when her field crew saw the squirrels in Borneo, they at first thought it was a much larger animal.

The tufted ground squirrel is twice the size of most tree squirrels and is sometimes referred to as the ‘Vampire Squirrel’ because it supposedly has a taste for blood.

Local legends suggest that Rheithrosciurus, which is thought to mostly eat giant acorns, can be savage. Hunters say that the squirrels will perch on low branches, jump onto a deer, gash its jugular vein, and disembowel the carcass. “It sounds pretty fantastical,” says a skeptical Roland Kays, a zoologist at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. “Even more than its fluffy tail.”

We’d like to add that it doesn’t matter how huge their tails are, these squirrels are still naked and thus in dire need of some tiny tighty-whities.

Photos by Rona Dennis

Visit Science news to learn more about the elusive vampire squirrel.

[via Science news and HOSCAP Borneo]

From the Department of Awesome Animals comes the mighty Red and White Giant Flying Squirrel! This fantastic specimen was captured mid-glide by Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography in the Qinling Mountains of China. 
This is the largest species of Giant Squirrel and, as if they weren’t already awesome enough, they also have blue eyes, which must catch the light and gleam as they fly past you and wink. Such handsome and charismatic devils. We’re so charmed, we nearly forgot that this one isn’t wearing any underpants.
[via TYWKIWDBI]

From the Department of Awesome Animals comes the mighty Red and White Giant Flying Squirrel! This fantastic specimen was captured mid-glide by Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography in the Qinling Mountains of China.

This is the largest species of Giant Squirrel and, as if they weren’t already awesome enough, they also have blue eyes, which must catch the light and gleam as they fly past you and wink. Such handsome and charismatic devils. We’re so charmed, we nearly forgot that this one isn’t wearing any underpants.

[via TYWKIWDBI]

"A grey squirrel goes nuts for Allison Carrick’s peanut-flavoured smoothie. Alison, from Stubbington, Hampshire came up with the idea of the peanut treat after getting a smoothie maker for her birthday. She says the squirrels in her garden just love it and have even learnt to drink it through a straw. Alison said: ‘When I first offered them the drink they just lapped it up from a dish but then I put out a sundae glass and a straw to see what they would do and to my amazement before long they were sucking away to their hearts’ content. It’s great fun to watch them and it keeps them off the bird table.’"
Photo by Mike Walker Pictures
[via Telegraph.co.uk]
This awesome and talented little squirrel is so cute that for once we might just be willing to overlook the fact that he isn’t wearing any underpants.

"A grey squirrel goes nuts for Allison Carrick’s peanut-flavoured smoothie. Alison, from Stubbington, Hampshire came up with the idea of the peanut treat after getting a smoothie maker for her birthday. She says the squirrels in her garden just love it and have even learnt to drink it through a straw. Alison said: ‘When I first offered them the drink they just lapped it up from a dish but then I put out a sundae glass and a straw to see what they would do and to my amazement before long they were sucking away to their hearts’ content. It’s great fun to watch them and it keeps them off the bird table.’"

Photo by Mike Walker Pictures

[via Telegraph.co.uk]

This awesome and talented little squirrel is so cute that for once we might just be willing to overlook the fact that he isn’t wearing any underpants.

The Missouri History Museum wants your undies! But before you jump out of your chairs and get ready to send them your Handerpants, Undercaps, World’s Largest Underpants, or start chasing down squirrels to get their Squirrel Underpants, please read further:

The museum is planning a major exhibit on the evolution of women’s underwear and needs the public’s help to round out its collection of old-fashioned and modern unmentionables. The “Underneath It All” exhibit is slated to open July 1.

Curators are understandably picky about what they’ll take, and the museum’s underwear interests tend toward the antique and the exotic — like 19th century corsets and inflatable brassieres. But they also are looking for good examples of more everyday items of more recent vintage — like padded panties, 1980s shoulder pads and a Wonderbra or two.

The goal is to chart the course of American women, industry and consumer culture through the lens of lingerie, said Shannon Meyer, a senior curator who is organizing the exhibit.

So that’s the skinny. If you’ve got some awesome old-timey or contemporary ladies’ unmentionables to contribute, please send them to this address: Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO 63112.

[via Neatorama]

On the other hand, if you’ve got photos of yourselves wearing some of our awesome Underpants, you’re welcome to Submit them to us!

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This [conspicuously naked] squirrel appears to be giving a toy dinosaur a great big kiss.
"The squirrel eyed up the plastic prehistoric toy on a garden table before moving in to give it a hug. It then leant over to plant a kiss on its mouth - all the while cradling the T-Rex’s head.
But the inter-species romantic attraction has a simple explanation. Photographer Elliott C Nathan had placed a seed in the dinosaur’s mouth. He explains: “I took these photos in my yard in Boulder, Colorado. I spent about half an hour getting the squirrel to trust me with seeds then I started putting them onto things. He was careful about the dinosaur at first, but finally his hunger got the best of him and he went in for the kiss.”
[via Telegraph.co.uk]

This [conspicuously naked] squirrel appears to be giving a toy dinosaur a great big kiss.

"The squirrel eyed up the plastic prehistoric toy on a garden table before moving in to give it a hug. It then leant over to plant a kiss on its mouth - all the while cradling the T-Rex’s head.

But the inter-species romantic attraction has a simple explanation. Photographer Elliott C Nathan had placed a seed in the dinosaur’s mouth. He explains: “I took these photos in my yard in Boulder, Colorado. I spent about half an hour getting the squirrel to trust me with seeds then I started putting them onto things. He was careful about the dinosaur at first, but finally his hunger got the best of him and he went in for the kiss.”

[via Telegraph.co.uk]

"A heavyweight squirrel puts its feet up as it gorges on corn. Paulette King bought tiny garden chairs after her garden in Lisbon, Maine, became popular with local wildlife. Paulette says, ‘I have several grey squirrels that regularly visit the yard and feed. My favourite is the one that goes on the chairs with his foot up; we call him Chubby for obvious reasons. He always puts his foot up like that, I think it is because he is so large that it is the only way he is comfortable!’"
While we hope this rotund squirrel is thankful for his comfy chair and bountiful corn feast, we would be remiss if we did not draw attention to the fact that he is still desperately in need of some XL Squirrel Underpants.
[photo by Paulette King via Telegraph.co.uk]

"A heavyweight squirrel puts its feet up as it gorges on corn. Paulette King bought tiny garden chairs after her garden in Lisbon, Maine, became popular with local wildlife. Paulette says, ‘I have several grey squirrels that regularly visit the yard and feed. My favourite is the one that goes on the chairs with his foot up; we call him Chubby for obvious reasons. He always puts his foot up like that, I think it is because he is so large that it is the only way he is comfortable!’"

While we hope this rotund squirrel is thankful for his comfy chair and bountiful corn feast, we would be remiss if we did not draw attention to the fact that he is still desperately in need of some XL Squirrel Underpants.

[photo by Paulette King via Telegraph.co.uk]