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9 surprising animals that fly

By: Bryan Nelson on Oct. 22, 2010, 12:48 p.m.
Flying Phalangers

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Flying phalangers

Though often confused for flying squirrels because of their similar biological design, flying phalangers are actually marsupials that have evolved their furry membranes independently of squirrels.

Some species, such as the sugar glider, have become popular exotic pets.

Like most of the world's marsupials, flying phalangers can be found only in Australia and New Guinea, where most of them are also endangered.