Squirrels are these annoying little rodents that we want to stay away from our properties as much as possible. We have never really thought of a squirrel as “beautiful.” That’s because you haven’t seen the Malabar Giant Squirrel yet. This is also called the Indian Giant Squirrel. They are critters that can be as long as 36 inches which is double the size of the ordinary grey squirrels that we usually find in the United States. These giant squirrels have beautiful multicolored fur that includes shades of black, brown, maroon, orange, and purple.
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The Indian Giant Squirrels usually live in the Eastern or Southern India and can be very difficult to find because they can easily camouflage because they hop from one tree to another. The 2007 study of the Journal Ecoscience reveals that these giant squirrels are known to hoard seeds in their nests that they usually build in the treetops.
John Koprowski, a professor and the associate director of the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona, and a squirrel expert, shares that he first saw a Malabar Giant Squirrel during his trips to India in 2006. He said, “In the shaded understory of a dense forest, the patchy colors and dark hues are a great adaptation to avoiding detection. But when you see these in the sunlight, they show their ‘true colors’ and beautiful pelage [fur].”
The squirrel’s colors are unbelievably gorgeous. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, these Indian Giant Squirrels are not on the list of animals in imminent danger of going extinct. Still, their population is on the decline because of the forest destruction which is supposed to be their natural habitat.
Just last year, these squirrels became an inspiration for people who are looking to dye their hair with different colors after one photographer caught an image of these beautiful creatures in the Achankovil forest in Kerala. It is an obvious reason why these colorful creatures became their inspiration. These giant squirrels are also not afraid to interact with humans. A video of the Malabar Giant Squirrel in Kerala National Forest was captured where it’s eating a cookie given by one of the tourists.
Deforestation occurs because of so many reasons. Some people cut down the trees and use it to build establishments or selling them as fuel. The others clear the land and use it as pasture for livestock and plantation. Deforestation will not only affect the giant squirrels but the other animals that are living in the wild as well. This can have a negative effect on the environment. The most saddening impact is the loss of habitat of millions of species of the animals that are living in this forests. Remember that 80% of the land animals and plants live in the forests and many of them will not be able to survive because of deforestation that can destroy their homes.
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As long as the people living near their sanctuary does not destroy their natural habitat, these beautiful creatures will continue to live on and increase their population. For those who have seen them, they definitely changed other people’s perception about these rodents. This might be the reason for us to start loving them even though the ones that we are used to seeing are not as cute and as pretty as the ones from India, but they are also interesting in their own little ways. Let us learn to appreciate these little creatures even though sometimes they can test our patience.