Yes, we now have a tailless grey squirrel in our yard. I am assuming he found himself caught in a trap or got taken down by a cat and was left without his tail. Either way, he doesn't seem any worse off without it than any of the other squirrels WITH tails are. The only problem is that I think he may be considered undesirable by the rest of the squirrel clan: I watched one of our other guys chasing him out of the yard the other day. It will be interesting to see if he is with us all winter.
I have always loved dogs with loose skin. Bloodhounds, basset hounds, shar peis, all at the top of my 'would love to have' list. However, since working in vet clinics, The Youngest has curbed my desire for loose-skin dogs. She said that they have the tendency to smell bad--the skin folds hold moisture and bacteria and give off an odor--and are very prone to getting bad skin infections. That kind off turned off my wanting one of these dogs in my home. However, I can't help but think they are the cutest things ever. And then I saw this picture:
This little pup is a shar pei/basset hound mix and about the most adorable thing I have ever seen! He doesn't seem to have quite as many wrinkles as either breed does on its own, but it isn't fully grown yet. It would be interesting to see how well his skin fits when he is an adult. Still, I could hug that face for DAYS and not get enough of this little guy!
*The reason I consider the 'chewing off of the tails' scenario is the female cat The Mother had when I was in high school. For some reason, the cat would chew off all of the whiskers of her babies--and she KEPT them chewed off as long as they were with her. Weird.