A new food is the shoot of young MacArthur Palm (Ptychosperma macarthurii) (above, below).
The video below shows a Plantain Squirrel gnawing on the shoot of a second young plant. The earlier plant destroyed is on the right on this palm. The adult palm is on the left with a bunch of orchids tied to the stem.
The squirrel meticulously peeled off the hard, outer layer of the stem to get at the tender inner tissues. It is interesting to note that the squirrel worked downwards for a short portion of the stem (below)…
…then turned around and worked upwards (below). In all, it took about half an hour before rain forced it to leave.
All along it had its pair of limbs firmly gripped around the stem and used its sharp teeth to peel the hard outer layer.
9th September 2018