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The Malabar giant squirrel (Ratufa indica) is indeed a real creature, a large tree squirrel species native to India.

These squirrels, also known as Indian giant squirrels, can grow to more than 4 pounds in size and 3 feet (including the tail) in length. These colorful, omnivorous animals spend most of their time in the trees of South Asia, feeding on everything from insects to flowers to nuts:

Ratufa indica has dorsal coloration that varies from deep red to brown, the ventral fur is white. They have short, round ears, a broadened hand with an expanded inner paw for gripping, and large, powerful claws used for gripping tree bark and branches. Females can be distinguished from males by their three sets of mammae. Total body length varies from 254 to 457 mm and tail length is approximately the same as body length. These squirrels weigh approximately 1.5 to 2 kg …

Giant squirrels are typically solitary animals, being seen only rarely in pairs during the breeding season. They are wary animals and usually keep well hidden in vegetation. They are most active during the day. Giant squirrels have small home ranges …

Giant squirrels spend most of their time in trees, where they gather their food. Giant squirrels are omnivorous, feeding on fruits, flowers, nuts, bark, bird eggs, and insects. They feed by standing on the hind legs and using their hands to handle food. Giant squirrels also use their large tail as a counter-weight, improving their balance.
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Mischa95

Thanks everyone for writing in.

Surreal_Heidi

These are the most beautiful squirrels I've ever seen!

KK20187

Sure is a show stopper. i have squirrels every day eating the bird food I put out but nothing like this Malabar.Thanks for puzzle.

Donnajames

I have seen these squirrel pictures before and had to look it up to see if they were real...yes they are! And they are so pretty with all the variations of color in them. dj