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    What's running on the spaghetti.

    Sitting on the balcony in hotel in bkk having my morning coffee. Something running along the electrical reticulation. Slightly smaller than a small dog, larger than a squirrel. Stub tail, brown, very agile. Have crappy eyesight.

    What is it?

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    Tookay....??



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    ^ Nice and brown too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyFree View Post
    ^ Nice and brown too.

    They do appear in a mix of colours and patterns.

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    Slightly smaller than a small dog, larger than a squirrel. Stub tail, brown, very agile. Have crappy eyesight.
    How the hell could you tell it had crappy eyesight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43 View Post
    Slightly smaller than a small dog, larger than a squirrel. Stub tail, brown, very agile. Have crappy eyesight.
    How the hell could you tell it had crappy eyesight?
    I am very observant, crappy eyesight 'n all.

    I better add, it's mammalian. Lizard not. Not cold blooded. Not grey with yellow spots, or any combo thereof.

    Wasn't a TD member either.

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    I think he is referring to one of the boonie locals from a village in Isaan where EGAT recruit them for line clearing tasks. They are quite myopic and usually harmless unless one falls off on you. Got them all the time in Soi 10.

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    I would be surprised if it was anything other than a squirrel, Thailand does have them, and I frequently see them running along cables in my home area.




    and here is a web site, with a lot of info on Squirrels of Thailand (I was surprised at how many varieties there are!

    Squirrels of Thailand Photo Gallery by Alex Vargas at pbase.com

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    That's what I first thought - well, right after 'wtf is that dog doing on the cable' - but stub tail. I suppose Somchai may have had that for lunch.

    Was bigger than the ave squirrel i've seen in Thailand though.
    Last edited by FlyFree; 27-02-2015 at 09:55 AM.

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    There is an animal called a "black giant squirrel" - but unlikely to be in bkk I would have thought.

    Black Giant Squirrel photo - Alex Vargas photos at pbase.com

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    No, wasn't black. Sorta medium brown. No white or lighter colouring.

    Second thought was humongous rat. No tail.

    Probably squirrel as you say, that's lost it's tail somehow. Maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    a squirrel
    it surely was

    many squirrels across thailand - the only reason they are not extinct is thais do not eat them

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyFree
    Probably squirrel as you say, that's lost it's tail somehow.
    Waving it too close to a live wire..

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    Maybe a slow loris turned into a fast loris when it saw an opportunity to escape from chickenhead exploitation and made a break for it. Or, some other exotic pet like a gibbon found an opportunity to escape. Slow loris have a stub tail and gibbons are tailless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    a squirrel
    it surely was

    many squirrels across thailand - the only reason they are not extinct is thais do not eat them
    Why on earth not?

    They eat everything else...

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    ^Excellent question. Squirrel stew is quite tasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk View Post
    Maybe a slow loris turned into a fast loris when it saw an opportunity to escape from chickenhead exploitation and made a break for it. Or, some other exotic pet like a gibbon found an opportunity to escape. Slow loris have a stub tail and gibbons are tailless.
    Yet, obviously both of these simian-types are much much larger than what FF was attempting to describe.....not helpful at all.

    I suppose that FF is taken back by all the variety of exotic creatures and creepy-crawlers that SE Asia/Asia has to offer.

    He doesn't get out much.
    I do trust he'll be getting out of that B100 room that he's staying in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk View Post
    Maybe a slow loris turned into a fast loris when it saw an opportunity to escape from chickenhead exploitation and made a break for it. Or, some other exotic pet like a gibbon found an opportunity to escape. Slow loris have a stub tail and gibbons are tailless.
    Yet, obviously both of these simian-types are much much larger than what FF was attempting to describe.....not helpful at all.
    Hmmm...not helpful at all. Well, thank you for the expert opinion.

    It must have been a tokay that somehow morphed into a mammal with a stubby tail and came out in daylight to take a run along the electrical spaghetti.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Chuchok
    Why on earth not?
    They eat everything else...
    Must have something to do with Buddha or magic or "pi"...

    Note: They don't eat the little wall lizards, either...I thought they would be good wokked like grasshoppers...Thais did not like my suggestion...And told me that old story I posted here in the past about an old Thai lady who did eat them, and when she died alone, they found her rotting body riddled with the wee fckers eating her in turn...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyFree
    Slightly smaller than a small dog, larger than a squirrel
    I guess rat...Cook it a little longer at higher temp...

    Cheers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FlyFree
    Slightly smaller than a small dog, larger than a squirrel
    I guess rat...Cook it a little longer at higher temp...

    Cheers...
    I'm guessing he became briefly acquainted with the rare Siamese Civet Cat....


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    ^Ah...From the birdy thread...I recognize that chap...

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    Thai Treeshrew?




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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme
    Thai Treeshrew?
    Gesundheit.

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