Velvet squirrel: the elf that disappeared again

  In recent years, there have been reports of more than one hundred species of animals recognized by the world that have long been extinct. In view of this situation, the United States “Time” magazine has selected ten rediscovered species, including coelophysis, Caspian horse, Javan elephant, Miller gray monkey and woolly squirrel and other animals. The purpose of the selection is to show that the vitality of animals sometimes exceeds our imagination, and appeals to people to cherish the lost species.
  But practice has proved that such propaganda has obvious negative effects. Some irresponsible researchers and those who are interested in endangered species have repeatedly set foot in the reappearance of endangered species, to reward the temptation to entice local people to capture endangered animals for them, as the object of research and viewing.
  The first to suffer is the cavity thorny fish known as the “marine living fossil”. On December 22, 1938, Ms. Margaret Latimer, a librarian of the East London Museum, stumbled upon the porcupinefish among the fish of the fishermen of the Comoros Island. It is thought to have been extinct 65 million years ago. After extensive publicity and rewards, the fishermen set the biggest goal of going out to sea as the cavity fish. In less than a year, this precious creature recovered and lost again and again.
  The squirrel squirrel, who lives in a remote mountainous area of ​​Pakistan, also suffered almost the same fate as the coelophysis.
  At the end of 1995, when Paleontologist Charles Woods of the University of Florida heard about the discovery of a velvet squirrel in Pakistan ’s Cypriot Canyon, he could hardly believe his ears because they were believed to have been in the cold cliffs of the Himalayas in the early 20th century The sound disappeared.
  Woods is an expert in studying mammals in Asia. The woolly squirrel is the largest and most beautiful in the flying squirrel family. Their tails are about 60 centimeters in height and the longest gliding distance is close to 40 meters. Woods traveled through the valley jungles of Pakistan, but he never found them.
  The name of the person who discovered the velvet squirrel was Pete Chacher, a freelance writer and squirrel lover living in New York. The only hobby besides writing is to go to the wild to see rare animals. For example, in order to witness the survival of the giant panda with his own eyes, he went deep into the mangrove jungle in Sichuan, China several times.
  After coming to the Sai Gorge in Pakistan, he intuitively told Chachle that he might encounter the mysterious eider. Because the locals described him as a velvet squirrel. The excited Chachle immediately took part in the search for the flying squirrel. Chahler, who has a little understanding of the behavior of the velvet squirrel, tried to use the trapping method. He placed almonds, honey and wheat grains in a cage with an organ, but he has never been seen by the squirrel. Even two months after increasing the layout, he still found nothing.
  When Chahle was running out of dollars, he had to prepare to go home, and he cast a last glance at the bare ridge helplessly, but he was shuddered by a surprise-a forelimb resembling a squirrel’s forearm. The depth of the ridge swayed vaguely …
  Chahler looked closely and found that this was indeed the forelimb of the woolly squirrel dismembered by predators. Just as the overjoyed Chachler was wondering what method to use to collect the stump of the velvet squirrel, a local indigenous person told him that the locals called the velvet squirrel a flying tiger, and their urine crystal was named Sara Gite, a local precious medicinal material, claimed that his friend had just caught a flying tiger and could bring it to Chahler tomorrow.
  It is said that the next day, this strong and honest native really came to the flying tiger with a bag. According to his physical characteristics, Chachle can be concluded that this is indeed a female eider squirrel that is believed to have been extinct. Chachle bought it with only 150 dollars on his body. Without thinking, in less than a day, the little guy curled up in a ball, twitching his limbs, showing a dying look.
  The innkeeper persuaded Chahel to release the flying tiger as soon as possible, otherwise he might be doomed. The locals regarded the flying tiger as an ominous thing, and those who heard howling at them would soon have relatives die unexpectedly. In fact, the innkeeper did not say that after taking the picture, Chachle would also release this squirrel, because he knew that this rare animal is already numbered on the earth, how could it be destroyed What about my own hands. Therefore, there is no animal living except for the image data and residual limbs.
  Regrettably, the velvet squirrel near the Sai Canyon in Pakistan really disappeared quickly, and even the people who lived to collect Sarajit had to change their lines.
  Because of Chahler ’s discovery, professional researchers and non-professionals for commercial purposes swarmed in, and the five or six-digit bounty allowed locals to devote themselves to the action of catching the flying squirrel. It is completely unexpected that the scarce squirrel disappeared completely.
  From 2010 onwards, Woods went to the Sai Gorge area of ​​Pakistan every year to look for Eider flying squirrels, but every time he was excited and disappointed. The only thing that made him quite gratified was that even the quietest valley could see slogans and street signs persuading people to protect the squirrel. He knew that it was established here by Chachle after spending all his family property for nearly a year.
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  Echinacea is the largest of the 43 flying squirrels known worldwide. Flying squirrels are called “flying squirrels”, but they do not have the ability to fly, but use the wing membrane between the limbs and the trunk like a parachute to glide in the air.
  The flying squirrel has a habit like a bat, hiding in a rock cave, rock gap or tree cave on a cliff during the day, and going out for food at night. Flying squirrels are quiet and live alone. They usually lay hay in the solitary caves. In winter, they have the habit of sealing the caves with hay to keep out the cold. Flying squirrels are agile, good at climbing and gliding, and are known for the habit of foraging for thousands of miles, but no matter how large their range of activity, they are fixed at one place to excrete feces. They generally choose a larger cave for excretion near the inhabited cave, and their feces accumulate all year round without being moldy. Among them, the dry dung of the orange-legged flying squirrel is a famous Chinese medicinal material, named “Wu Ling Zhi”.