Rescued flying squirrels in Gwangju sent back to nature

연합뉴스 / 2021-06-09 17:45:13
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▲ This photo provided by the South Jeolla Province shows a flying squirrel at the Jeollanamdo Forest Resources Research Institute. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

▲ This photo provided by the South Jeolla Province shows a flying squirrel at the Jeollanamdo Forest Resources Research Institute. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

 

GWANGJU, June 9 (Yonhap) -- The Gwangju Wildlife Center announced to have sent four flying squirrels, which are designated as the nation's Natural Monument No. 328, which were rescued by citizens in April, back to Mudeungsan Mountain.

 

The center sent the flying squirrels back to a similar ecological environment, when they were able to eat by themselves.


The flying squirrel gives birth to three to six young in April, and has a membrane that acts as a wing between its front and rear legs, making it easier for the squirrels to fly more than 7 to 8 meters in the air.

Since the opening of the center in 2019, one flying squirrel has been rescued every year, however due to an increase in population, six squirrels have been rescued this year.

"It is currently breeding season for wildlife animals until August and immature young animals are expected to leave the nest and become exposed to various risk factors," said Kim Yong-hwan, head of the Gwangju Veterinary Service Laboratory. "We will do our best to help as much wild animals as we can find, return to nature."


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