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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Book

The Outline of Science

1922

2016-12-01

"Two or three blind and naked young [squirrels] are bom in a large nest of moss and leaves and twigs, which the monogamous parents build among the branches." - Outline of Science, Vol 2, 1922.

That squirrels are monogamous is one of those persistent myths in natural history. I think it wasn't until the second half of the twentieth century that people started watching close enough to question it. There are usually male squirrels nearby, so it's not hard to imagine they might be standing sentry while keeping an eye on the wife and kids.