In 2006, squirrel expert John Koprowsk visited India and first saw a Malabar giant squirrel. They also known as an Indian giant squirrel and he couldn’t believe his eyes.
He thought that the animal looked too big to be a squirrel — more like a primate. However, this giant animal was no primate – just a very, very large squirrel. They are two times the size of an eastern grey squirrel and bodies that span 36 inches from head to tail.
Not only is the Malabar giant squirrel impressively large, but they have beautifully colored fur as well. It can be black, brown and orange, as well as maroon and purple. The maroon and purple shades, in particular, are unusual in mammals. The bright colors and beautiful patterns aren’t just pretty to look at, but it also helps them survive in the wild.
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