Rare Himlayan Woolly Flying Squirrel spotted in Gangotri National Park


Rare Himlayan Woolly Flying Squirrel spotted in Gangotri National Park

A rare Himalayan flying squirrel seems to have made a comeback into the wild recently, after staying out of sight for 70 years.

According to the Forest Research Institute, the woolly flying squirrel had gone extinct 70 ago in the IUCN Red List. However, it was seen in Gangotri National Park in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand. It has been named as Woolly Flying Squirrel because it uses the fur of its claw as a parachute.

Reportedly, the squirrel has been spotted by the Forest Research in 13 of the 18 forest divisions of the state during a survey.

On the other hand, scientists of Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India have spoken about the presence of the flying squirrel in the Bhagirath valley and a few pictures have also been gathered.

This is not it; a rare golden tiger was spotted at the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, pictures of which went viral on the internet.

Given the current pandemic situation, which is keeping maximum humans bound to their home, it seems that the rare wildlife species are feeling free to resurface and make their presence felt.

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