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Japan Benefit: ニホンリス (Japanese Squirrel) (Sciurus lis)

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 by in Mammalthons, Rodents, Uncategorized | 3 comments

This week we’re raising money for people and animals in Japan, and you can help! More details in just a moment…

Sciurus lis

Number 0370

The Japanese squirrel is endemic to Japan, where it is called Nihon risu. It has a red coat in the summer and a grayish-brown one in the fall. This particular fellow looks like he’s getting ready for summer! He’d love to spend his summer with you…

See that yellow “Buy Now” button? If you click it (after selecting a matting option), you’ll be able not only to acquire this original drawing of the lovely Japanese squirrel, but also to help mammals, especially humans, who were affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I’ll donate your entire purchase price to the American Red Cross and Animal Refuge Kansai.

Here’s Coco’s squirrel. It has already sold, so you’re out of luck if you fall in love with it:

Japanese squirrel by Coco, age 12 (click image to enlarge)

I hope you’ll like the other five mammals we’ll be introducing you to this week! Or maybe you don’t like art? In that case, feel free to donate to our fund by clicking the yellow “Donate” button at the very bottom of this post.

In the meantime, here’s a poem by William Butler Yeats called “To a Squirrel at Kyle-Na-No”:

Come play with me;
Why should you run
Through the shaking tree
As though I’d a gun
To strike you dead?
When all I would do
Is to scratch your head
And let you go.


  1. Coco, what great instincts for art you have! That tail is glorious. You both share a wonderful sense of how to use color.

    • Alexandra, thank you! I’ll show your comment to Coco when she gets home from school.

  2. Alexandra thanks that is very nice I beet your drawings are the same!!!!!!

    P.S. Thanks a lot!!!!

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