Also known in some countries as the ‘tree rat’ perhaps because of their success at breeding and living on vegetation which seems insufficient for other tree animals. Although the practice of culling numbers is a regular practice in many countries, in some parts of Europe the person actually killing a squirrel is believed to bring misfortune upon themselves, and by the same token lose any previous skills in hunting. Perhaps this is because of some of the earliest Creation myths which indicate the squirrel was a revered creature (See Mystical WWW Trees).
In some countries it is said that the squirrel was present in the Garden of Eden and witnessed the eating of the Forbidden Fruit. Of course the squirrel is known for having a beautiful tail. It is said that the squirrel was so shocked at what was happening between Adam and Eve that it immediately grabbed it’s tail to cover the eyes. God is said to have been pleased with this response, and instead of the squirrel for ever after having a thin long bare tail as it was originally, God rewarded it with increasing the size and thickness of the brush.