January 21 is Squirrel Appreciation Day. Really?!
It was established by Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator from North Carolina, to bring attention to the importance of these remarkably widespread creatures. The squirrel is native to five continents and currently inhabits all six. There are approximately 285 species of squirrels in the world, ranging from the tiny African pygmy squirrel to the Bhutan giant flying squirrel.
Most squirrels primarily eat nuts and berries. They also have a habit of burying caches of food for later consumption—and even ‘pretending’ to bury food to mislead other animals that might be watching. But squirrel brain capacity being what it is, the squirrel inevitably forgets where some of the food has been buried. Out of that ‘grows’ one of the humble squirrel’s most important roles in the forest ecosystem: It’s an inadvertent planter of new trees and bushes. You can call the squirrel one of nature’s gardeners in a way! 😁
Hooray for the squirrel!
Speaking of squirrel… I hope I didn’t distract you 😉. Hehe
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