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Tufted DEER ASSASSIN by Steph-Laberis Tufted DEER ASSASSIN by Steph-Laberis
Ok, they don't actually kill deer. But according to legends they do!…

I was going to do a silky anteater next, but I discovered this brilliant beast today thanks to IFLS and, well, sorry anteater fans, the Tufted Ground Squirrel wins this round. Why? First of all, that tail is no exaggeration. Google it, it really is that huge and amazing!

Even better is the folklore of this bad boy: "...according to folklore, the fierce squirrels have attacked and killed tusked deer called muntjacs to eat their stomach contents, liver, and heart. The squirrel waits on a low branch, then jumps on to the back of a passing muntjac and bites its jugular, forcing the larger animal to bleed out. A disemboweled deer or domestic chicken with none of its flesh eaten is a sure sign of a squirrel kill."

So yes. A squirrel from the tropics of Borneo that holds legendary status of nimble deer assassin? GOES IN THE BOOK. ;)
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EasternGraySquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
As many a deer has (according to legend) learned: do not mess with the tail! :) Cool illustration!
lylie-foak Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You have the greatest gift for composition, my goodness.

Also, is it alright if I message you with some questions about your book? :)
Rungsinee Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow lovely!
All the details are stunning.
Loyane Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
AWWW He's amazing :) A great and pretty deer killer hihi
Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous rendition! And I did Google it, that tail is awesome! :wow:
Jazzekat Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is one heck of a tail to carry around! And if those tales were true, than that
one badass squirrel.
Ryivhnn Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is an EPIC TAIL OF AWESOME.  And also a rather epic tale of awesome even if it's not true...or is it? Perhaps they're trying to lull us back into a false sense of security...just like your picture, I mean look at that thing, it's obviously deadly XD
MySweetDarkness Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Great :aww:
MarzyArt Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
BrookeH17 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
I need this as a pet.
andrewk Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Ah yes you know I loves squirrels.
Pavender Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap, that is a majestic tail indeed.
Mindjock Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best squirrel I've seen.
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