Around here from time to time you will see squirrels that are 3 or 4 times larger than the average Mississippi squirrel. I had never seen one up close until yesterday morning when one decided to eat breakfast in a small tree next to the deck. I was sitting on the couch and it was maybe 15' away. I got to watch it for several minutes. Last year I was able to ask one of the State wildlife biologist about them. He explained that the are the same species as the smaller squirrels and only larger because of their genetic make up. My bloodhound Hoot spends hours everyday chasing squirrels from tree to tree with no luck catching them. He just can't get tree climbing down but he keeps trying. Yesterday while I was watching the giant squirrel eat Hoot was asleep less than 10' from the beautiful animal and never knew a thing. So much for the keen smelling powers of a bloodhound, at least when they are asleep anyway.