Wonderful Creatures

CUTE SQUIRRELS WITH BIG CHEEKS

The squirrel you see in the picture below is the ground squirrel, also called the squirrel with cheek pouches. What distinguishes this squirrel species from others is that it carries the food that it does not consume right away in the pouches in its cheeks. The squirrel stocks this food for future use.

These cheek pouchess are actually loose folds of skin. The interior lining of these folds is bare but not humid, therefore food can be stored in these pouches for a long time without spoiling. These pouches extend to the sides.

To fill these pouches, the squirrel takes a walnut between its paws and cuts off the pointy parts on both ends with its teeth. Then it puts the walnut in one of the pouches and the next walnut in the other. Pouches are filled in this way one after the other. The animal can place four walnuts in each pouch. So, the face of the squirrel alters so that we think it is interesting and cute.

 

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