Flying squirrels secretly glow pink
February 7, 2019 1:05 PM Subscribe
Flying squirrels were already exceptional, as far as rodents go. Gifted with a flap of skin between their limbs, they can glide long distances between the trees where they live. But new research [abstract] suggests some of the critters hide a bizarre secret—their fur glows a brilliant, bubble-gum pink under ultraviolet light. The discovery happened entirely by accident when the paper's coauthor was doing an exploratory forest survey with an ultraviolet flashlight and happened to flash it at a nearby flying squirrel.
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