Meet the Malabar Giant Squirrel, the squirrel so colorful that people can’t believe it’s real

No one thinks of the squirrel as a particularly exotic or interesting animal. Chances are, if you look around your garden right now, you’ll likely find one—they’re very common animals.

But if you venture into the forests of India, you just might find a squirrel that will take your breath away.

Meet the Malabar Giant Squirrel:

Yes, far from the ordinary squirrels you’ll find climbing trees in your neighborhood, this animal is so vividly colored it’s hard to even believe it’s real.

Their unique fur can be found in different shades such as brown and orange and brown and purple colors which are rarely found in mammals.

You might think their conspicuous colors would be a disadvantage making them stand out to predators, but it actually helps them survive.

“In the shady undergrowth of a dense forest, the irregular colors and dark hues are a great fit to avoid detection,” squirrel expert John Koprowski told The Dodo.

“But when you see them in the sunlight, they show their ‘true colors’ and beautiful fur.”

Not only are they among the most colorful squirrels in the world, they are also among the largest.

Their head and body can grow from 10 inches to 1 foot 8 inches, with an even longer tail.

While they are amazing to look at, it could be a challenge to find one in the wild. They live in the forests of India, hopping from tree to tree and rarely touching the ground. They are also known to be quite shy.

Their population is doing well, currently listed on the IUCN Red List as ‘least concern’, although deforestation could threaten them if left unchecked.

But John Koprowski says these squirrels always find a way to survive.

“They have a wide distribution and seem to tolerate human presence and even a modest level of low-density housing,” he told The Dodo.

“They are part of a rather ancient group of squirrels. They’re a unique evolutionary group that’s been here a long time, which is good.”

Wow, what a beautiful animal! We had no idea that squirrels could be so stunning. Share this story if you love these giant squirrels!

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