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Apr 1, 2014

Indiana University Squirrels Take Over Twitter Account For April Fools’ Day

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Squirrels at IU take over Twitter

Indiana University squirrels took over the college’s Twitter account for April Fools’ Day, tweeting darling pics of themselves. Throughout the day, various tweets appeared on Indiana University’s Twitter page of adorably mischievous squirrels.

Indiana University (IU) is a multi-campus public university system in the state of Indiana. Indiana University has more than 100,000 students enrolled at both the Indiana University Bloomington campus and at the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus.

The school’s stats did not reflect how many squirrels reside on either campus. But somehow the fluffy-tailed mischief-makers managed to get their little paws on IU’s Twitter for the day.

The squirrels also managed to upload a few pics to the college’s Instagram page.

Squirrels are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa. They have since been introduced to other regions like Australia. They are classified as small or medium-size rodents and belong to the family Sciuridae. Relatives include tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots, woodchucks, flying squirrels, and prairie dogs.

The National Geographic states squirrels – comprised of 200 species – can vary in size. The tiniest squirrel is the aptly named the African pygmy squirrel. They are only five inches (~13 centimeters) long from nose to tail. Others reach sizes shocking to those who are only familiar with common tree squirrels. The Indian giant squirrel can grow to be three feet long.

Similar to rabbits, squirrels have four front teeth that never stop growing. Therefore they have to wear them down with constant gnawing as they chew upon the shells and husks of nuts and seeds.

[Photo Credit: cseeman]


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