Sunday 12 November 2023

Pallas's Squirrel

Pallas's Squirrel (Callosciurus erythraeus, 赤腹松鼠).

There are not many wild mammals on Yuelu Mountain, but near the Hunan Normal University campus there is one reclusive Pallas' squirrel that can sometimes be seen jumping from tree to tree. I see him once every two or three months, and only when the weather or term vacations have driven away the usual crowds of students and tourists. More rarely I have seen him mid-way up the mountain along some of the rugged footpaths north of the college. Perhaps there are other squirrels elsewhere on the mountain but I have not observed them.

Pallas's Squirrel on Yuelu Mountain