A Bushy-Tailed Squirrel in Breath of the Wild
Hyrule Compendium Entry
A Bushy-Tailed Squirrel is a brown species of squirrel with a beige underbelly. It has a stout abdomen with thin limbs, of which the front-limbs are used to hold food and clean the Squirrel's face. The Bushy-Tailed Squirrel is both bipedal and quadrupedal, usually standing on its hind-legs to get a better view of its surroundings before scurrying away on all fours. Its ears are large and pointed with tufts of fur at the every end. Its eyes are small and rounded. Its head is somewhat oval-shaped, but this can be become misshapen because the Squirrel stores seeds in its cheeks, making its face seem rotund. Its namesake would be its striped tail that is twice the length of its body. It curls when the Squirrel is at rest, but straightens out when the Squirrel is running.
Bushy-Tailed Squirrels are found extensively throughout the forests Hyrule. The Hyrule Compendium notes Hyrule Field and the Hyrule Ridge as locations where they are common, but in actuality they can be found in most regions, including the Great Plateau. They can be found alone or in congregating groups, looking for seeds. They are very timid rodents that will immediately dart into the thicket at the slightest detection of danger. However, Link can attack them from afar through the use of a bow. The Squirrels cannot be legitimately hunted or killed, but attacking one causes it to drop an Acorn before disappearing.
- Although the Hyrule Compendium states Bushy-Tailed Squirrels consume acorns and other nuts, Acorns are the only recoverable material that can be dropped by them.
- The Bushy-Tailed Squirrel resembles the Eurasian red squirrel, particularly through their similar ears.
A Bushy-Tailed Squirrel in the Forest of Spirits from the Nintendo Switch Presentation trailer
- "They tend to live in forests and subsist on acorns and other nuts." — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)