Of all of the holidays in the holiday calendar, this is definitely one of the most niche — and the most adorable. January 21st is National Squirrel Appreciation Day. Really. It's a day to celebrate the wonder and grandeur of our little silver and red friends, so the world has taken to Twitter to share some adorable pictures of squirrels in action. It's a great day for it, because today also happens to be Blue Monday, which is statistically the most depressing day of the year — so some critter friends are a welcome antidote to those January blues.
Even if you consider yourself a squirrel aficionado, you may find that squirrels are more complicated creatures than meet the eye. There are three main categories of squirrels — tree squirrels, ground squirrels, and flying squirrels. But these groups are actually broken down into many, many more types of squirrels, including Albino, Mountain Tree, Antelope, Spotted, Grey, American Red, Douglas, Fox, Pygmy, Northern Flying, Southern, Arizona Gray, Idaho, Arctic Ground, Albert’s, Franklin, Richardson, Rock, White, and Black squirrels. That's a whole lot of squirrel variety. You can find them all around the world (except for Antarctica and Australia).
You're probably familiar with squirrels nibbling away on nuts and acorns, that's because they have four teeth in front that continue to grow for their entire lives. They can never wear down. So don't get bitten by a squirrel, please — they're basically professional biters.
But if you're at a safe distance, you may be able to catch some of these adorable little creatures on camera. For now, you can revel in the joy of these National Squirrel Appreciation Day tweets, because these bundles of fluff are downright photogenic.