There is a squirrel whose tail resembles that of a peacock.

Among mammals there are also creatures with extremely large and conspicuous tails. Next, the largest tail identified in a mammal.

The tufted ground squirrel (Rheithrosciurus macrotis) is native to the island of Borneo. Its extraordinarily fluffy tail is 30 percent larger than its body, making it the mammal with the largest tail-to-body ratio.

The purpose of this fluffy appendage is unclear. However, the researchers suspect that it may serve to make the squirrel appear larger and therefore more threatening to predators.

There are also reports (not scientifically confirmed) from local hunters that these squirrels attack chickens and even deer. Thus, since some local stories report that the Rheithrosciurus sometimes attacks larger animals, disemboweling them, it is nicknamed the “Vampire Squirrel”.

As far as tails go, the closest contenders, whose tails are simply as bulky as their own bodies, are the common striped opossum, which has a prehensile tail for climbing; the gliding squirrel, which navigates with its tail as a rudder; and the ring-tailed cat, which uses its tail for balance during stunts in the trees.

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