Incredible Pics of Multicoloured Squirrel, the Malabar Giant: Fact Check


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Incredible Pics of Multicoloured Squirrel, the Malabar Giant
Incredible Pics of Multicoloured Squirrel, the Malabar Giant

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Unbelievable Pictures of Incredible multicoloured squirrel, the Malabar Giant Squirrel

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Multicoloured Malabar Giant Squirrel photographed in India

Incredible Pics of Multicoloured Squirrel, the Malabar Giant

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Some unbelievable and incredible pictures viral online purport to show a Giant Multicoloured Squirrel photographed in India. Allegedly, it is called The Malabar Giant Squirrel. While the pictures went viral online in early April 2019, many viewers thought they are April fools photoshopped images. Nonetheless, the incredible Multicoloured Squirrel in pictures is a real species, explained below.

Incredible Pics of Multicoloured Squirrel, the Malabar Giant

Multicoloured Squirrel, the Indian Giant Squirrel

What you see in pictures is in fact a large tree squirrel species native to India and found in South Asia. The Indian giant squirrel or Malabar giant squirrel belongs to the genus Ratufa indica) and also has local names like “Shekru”. Kaushik Vijayan, an amateur photographer found the bushy-tailed beautiful creature in a forest in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, India. He in fact said the sight of the multicoloured squirrel was an absolute feast for his eyes.

Image of The Indian Giant Squirrel
The Indian Giant Squirrel. Image credits: Yathin S Krishnappa

The Indian giant squirrels can grow significantly up to 3 feet long. They can also carry different colors like tan, orange, buff, rust, maroon and purple. They usually bear visible two-toned color scheme and also three-toned one sometimes. The giant squirrels rarely leave the trees and spend their time leaping from tree to tree, blending perfectly with the forest canopy. The giant squirrels eat what’s available up there in the treetops such as flowers, bark, seeds, insects and even bird eggs. Below is a video of two Indian giant squirrels. i.e. Malabar giant squirrels in action spotted in Odisha, India.

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Multicolored Malabar giant squirrel photographed in India


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