Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it the flying squirrel? Yes, it is.
The obvious thing is that it, unlike other squirrels, can glide through the air with the greatest of ease.
I feel obligated to mention that, despite the name, the flying squirrel does not have true flight. It’s more subject to the winds and less able to make sharp turns or gain altitude in midair. This makes it an appealing target for surface-to-air missiles – at least, cute little squirrel-proportioned surface-to-air missiles. Awwww!
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There are many kinds of flying squirrel. These include:
The woolly flying squirrel, which falls in love quickly and often
The red giant flying squirrel, the “red giant” of flying squirrels
The arrow flying squirrel, which can’t show up to any function without telling you in detail the exact route it took to get there
Rocky J. Squirrel, who wears a little hat
The lesser pygmy flying squirrel, the worst pygmy flying squirrel
The Kashmir flying squirrel, which is RIGHT BEHIND YOU! I’m just joshing. April fool’s.
The hairy-footed flying squirrel, which can be easily spotted by its hairy feet
“I believe that, like me, the people behind these robberies are extreme athletes.” – the flying squirrel
What if it fought a bear?
Flight will not save this squirrel. Gliding certainly won’t.
Is it noble?
The fact that the flying squirrel even exists is wonderfully weird. It might seem on paper like an overly specific gimmick, and yet it has stood the test of time, unlike the snowboarding squirrel or water-skiing groundhog.