I have a strong attachment to nature and animals, and I am often awed by the diversity of organisms in the world around us. We might hardly know about the existence of some of these animals, or what goes on in their lives, but a little curiosity about them makes them so intriguing.
I am sure I am not the only person who thinks this.
These animals' behaviors, mannerisms, quirks and everything can teach you plenty about the creatures we meet every day.
I have seen squirrels before, and there was nothing I found particularly unique about them. After all, once you have met one, you have pretty much met them all.
Then I saw the Malabar giant squirrel, and my interest in these funny furry creatures was reignited.
These rare squirrels are as beautiful as they are big. To be honest, it was one of the most unreal creatures I have ever laid my eyes upon.
I put together some details about them, and here they are.
1. Yes, They Are Pretty Long
Regular squirrels are pretty small. But the Malabar squirrel, which lives in India, is pretty big with its length of 3 feet. For comparison, an adult American squirrel is usually well under a foot in length.
The Malabar squirrel was discovered back in 2006 by John Koprowski, a professor at the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. He is also a well-known expert on squirrels and in his own words; these unique creatures were "giants."
2. They Are Quite Intriguing
According to Kaprowski, "In the shaded understory of a dense forest, the patchy colors and dark hues are a great adaptation to avoiding detection" for these squirrels. However, while they try to avoid detection, seeing them in all their glory is a truly amazing experience. When they are in the sunlight, you can see the beauty of their colors as well as their beautiful fur.
3. Their Fur Can Have Different Colors
Believe it or not, some of these squirrels can have a maroon or purple color. Some are brown, orange and black. Their varied colors helps camouflage them from potential predators.
However, don't count on seeing these adorable creatures in all their glory when you pay their habitat a visit as some are a pretty rare sight.
4. You'd Have To Be Extremely Lucky To See One
First of all, to set your eyes on these squirrels, you have to go to India. And even when you get there, there is no guarantee that you will see one of these great creatures. The problem is that these animals are quite shy.
But a squirrel expert from Japan described how a friend helped him learn of the best way to see them. Apparently, "the best way to see these giant squirrels is to climb up on a tree, stay very quiet and wait for them to emerge from their [nest]." That sounds pretty promising for someone as anxious to see these creatures as I am.
But admit it: nature is pretty amazing, isn't it? Seeing these squirrels is going on my bucket list for sure.