alexjball's picture

Can anyone ID this?

Observed: 20th December 2011 By: alexjball
Can anyone ID this?

This was seen in the morning near the top of a large fir tree. It was the size of a large domestic cat. I'd love to know what it is as have never seen anything like it in this country before.

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Species with which Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) interacts


chrisbrooks's picture


It looks like a squirrel but the size you describe is perplexing.

alexjball's picture

Yeah it was the size that

Yeah it was the size that bothered me, unfortunately there is nothing in the photo to give an idea of scale but i think it was much too large to be a squirrel. I will be keeping an eye out for it to make another appearance and hopefully get a better photo! It also seemed to be more tan in colour than grey, again hopefully future photos may shed some light on the issue.

chrisbrooks's picture


OK, the only comment I will add is that Grey Squirrels can have quite a bit of tan colouring in their fur, especially in sunlight.

Gill Sinclair's picture

A primate look to it

It looks to have both forelimbs lifted above its head, which is a posture/movement I'd more readily associate with a primate. But it could just be a very large squirrel with one forelimb raised, scratching its head or whatever. Interesting!

Gill Sinclair
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Peter Pearson's picture

Grey squirrel

Size from a photograph without some object to scale to is always a problem.
I feel the answer to this one is a well fed, nuts and fruit having been plentiful this year, grey squirrel sitting out on a branch sunning and preening.
The paws behind the head are it reaching up to wash behind its ears(small boys take note).