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Scientists discover flying squirrels that turn hot-pink


are cute, and it turns out that one flying type of squirrel also turns pink. A new study reveals that scientists have discovered that the North American or turn pink at night.

The study in the Journal of Mammology describes that these flying fluoresce at night. It was during an investigation led by Jon Martin, a at Wisconsin's Northland College, who was scanning his backyard with an ultraviolet flashlight to see which lichens, mosses and plants fluoresced, Cnet reported.

The was spotted then, which glowed hot pink under the ultraviolet light. This led to further research leading to the discovery of all North American species fluoresced.

It is unclear as to why these flying fluoresce, but researchers attribute it to the survival instinct. The bright night flashes may be to alert other squirrels as they glide through trees.

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First Published: Wed, February 06 2019. 14:16 IST