What Is This Small Animal?
By an edhat reader
I found this small mammal (see tail only) in my birdbath this morning, courtesy of the crows. It’s that time of the year, when crows and Scrub jays predate upon nestlings, lizards and baby rodents. This may have been a cat-killed creature retrieved by the crows. (There are two killer cats constantly roaming my yard, thanks to my neighbors.) I have no clue as to what kind of animal has this type of bushy black tail. The tail is approximately 8” in length and more reddish underneath.
The rest of the mammal looked to be about 8” long, but difficult to tell. I am not showing you the carcass, just two views, top and bottom, of the tail. So far my research indicates it is not a gerbil, a chinchilla or a weasel. Could it be a Bushy-tailed jird? Jird is some new pet craze. I thought maybe it belonged to a chipmunk, but it doesn’t look fluffy enough. Thank you for any help with identifying this mammal. (If you lost your exotic pet, I found this animal’s remains on the Upper East Side.)