“Chipmunks are only about half as large and have stripes on their faces. This [gold-mantled] squirrel has two bold white stripes, encased in black, across its back. The head is a solid golden-tan.”
Two ground squirrels at an urban campsite near San Diego, California, have tested positive for plague.
Like many terrible infectious diseases, the plague is transmitted through fleas. Symptoms include high fever, chills and swollen neck glands.
Yuck. Read the full story here: Ground Squirrels Test Positive for Plague in San Diego
Is this not a terrific photo of a pissed-off ground squirrel? This is a Richardson’s Ground Squirrel.
From: Flickr user Buglug.