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Title: Are vampire squirrels dangerous to humans?
Post by: Cosmos on 27 November, 2017, 09:14:19 PM
Heard something about this squirrel that lives in Borneo but the details were vague .
Title: Re: Are vampire squirrels dangerous to humans?
Post by: P-Kasso2 on 02 December, 2017, 09:32:37 PM
Heard something about this squirrel that lives in Borneo but the details were vague .


Shock horror!
  Much to my initial disbelief, it seems that the Vampire Squirrel not only does exist - but that it also can take down a deer (and disembowel it) with it its specially evolved fluted serrated fangs.

I say that if it can take down a deer it should have absolutely no problem bumping off a similarly sized human. Admittedly the deer in question is a Muntjac deer which is not exactly your Monarch of the Glen - but a child would be about the same size as a Muntjac and would make a tasty snack for a hungry Vampire Squirrel. So watch your back Cosmos if you're planning a backpacking holiday in the jungles of Indonesia this summer.

I skimmed the internet for you and I found this article which comes from that eminent scientific journal called The Daily Mirror. It says (or, rather, it screams dementedly)...


" 'Vampire Squirrel' blamed for slaying of deer is finally caught on camera!

It's been rumoured the fearsome mammal is responsible killing creatures far bigger than itself.

This mysterious mammal has evaded wildlife watchers for years but the blood sucking 'Vampire Squirrel' has finally been caught on camera.

The menacing bushy tailed critter looks like any ordinary squirrel but comes with a fearsome personality.

And don't be fooled by its pointed ears, brown body and a tail that is least twice the size of the animal itself - it also has a set of sharp fangs that are designed to cause maximum damage.

Rather than being a cute and cuddly creature - it is said to stalk the forests of Indonesia - to hunt down deer.

An Infrared camera caught sight of the 14-inch long rodent as it searched for food in Gunung Palung National Park in Indonesia.

And while it looks relatively harmless...this unrelenting hunter has an incredible way of catching its prey.

The secretive squirrel which goes by the name of Rheithrosciurus macrotis is known to take a running jump from tree branches landing squarely on the necks of forest deer.

And it has honed the skills to be able to target the Muntjac deer by sinking its claws and its teeth in the animal's neck arteries before using its sharp fangs to disembowel the carcass."

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/vampire-squirrel-blamed-slaying-deer-6429238

There's more! There's very flimsy and inconclusive video clip of the Vampire Squirrel and a Muntjac deer here...don't build your hopes up though. PS - In case the video clip doesn't work, you can access it by clicking on this link...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oCm6TaRnjk