John Koprowsk, a shrew expert, first encountered a Malabar gigantic squirrel in 2006 while traveling in India. He was astounded by what he saw; they are also referred to as an Indian giant squirrel.
The creature, in his opinion, appeared to be too large to be a squirrel and more like to a monkey. But this enormous creature wasn’t a primate; it was simply a very, very large squirrel. They have bodies that measure 36 inches from head to tail and are twice as big as an eastern grey squirrel.
The Malabar giant squirrel is not only astonishingly enormous, but it also has gorgeously colorful fur. Along with maroon and purple, it can also be black, brown, and orange. In particular, the maroon and purple hues are rare for mammals. In addition to being attractive to look at, the vivid colors and lovely patterns help them thrive in the wild.
Wikipedia states that they eat fruit, flowers, nuts, and tree bark. Some subspecies consume insects and bird eggs in addition to meat and fish.
Thankfully, there isn’t a threat to these beautiful creatures’ extinction right now, but they will need to be preserved. They can prosper in the future if greater protection and awareness are implemented for this species.
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