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Are you sure that's a squirrel???

Paws Planet reports on a big, beautiful squirrel called the Malabar. In 2006, squirrel expert John Koprowsk visited India and first saw a Malabar giant squirrel, also known as an Indian giant squirrel. He thought that the animal looked too big to be a squirrel — more like a primate. 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 -- 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.

For more about this unusual species, click here:

(Paws Planet photo)


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