Sunday, February 01, 2009

A dubious distinction



From the mouth of my 6-year-old, Emma: "Mommy, I forgot. Is it lizards, or squirrels that when you hold them by their tail, the tail can break off and they'll grow a new one?"

I thought that was a hilarious mix-up, and couldn't get the visual out of my mind of a squirrel's tail just popping right off!

5 comments:

DMZuniga said...

It's squirrels. They call them 'prairie dogs' when they're in the tailless condition, and they usually gain a ton of weight without their tails because they can't climb trees or anything without them.

Amy said...

I bet Wikipedia could tell us.

Kim C. said...

Of course it's squirrels! Don't you know Beatrix Potter's Tale of Squirrel Nutkin?
;)

Chef Mama said...

I don't know which is funnier: Emma's question or the comments here! You could tell her it's a raccoon and that's how Davy Crockett got his hat.

Stephanie said...

Oh! Kim, I forgot about Squirrel Nutkin! I'll bet that's how that got in her head to begin with; she wasn't too fond of that story b/c she felt sorry for him, so we only read it a handful of times. :0)