Even if you spent your entire life learning all the species of animals on planet Earth, you’d fall hopelessly short of knowing everything. With about 5,400 species of mammals, 3,750 species of lizards and 3,000 species of snakes, 10,000 species of birds, 33,000 species of fish, and as few as 2 million and as many as 30 million total species of insects crawling across the face of this planet.
With an abundance of life all around us, it is no wonder that new species of animals keep cropping up in our awareness. As humanity develops new technology and new equipment to go further and deeper into the wilderness all around us, we will continue to learn about new species and identify others that never before were found by man.
Ever since the invention of the internet, people have gotten exposed to new and exotic things. That’s one of the great things about the internet – you can learn a lot in a short span of time. If you want to discover bizarre critters all over the planet, all you need to do is a quick internet image search, and your eyes will be bombarded with unique and cute critters.
An amateur photographer named Kaushik Vijayan was visiting a dense rainforest in India. And while he knew that he was going to see some amazing wildlife, one critter stood out from the rest as being utterly bizarre and unique. He had never even heard about Malabar giant multicolored squirrels, but once he saw one in the flesh, he would never forget it for the rest of his life.
While visiting the subcontinent’s rainforest, he witnessed one of these giant squirrels for himself and managed to capture it on film. Now his images of the Malabar giant multicolored squirrels are spreading across the internet as more and more people see what Kaushik saw that day he ventured deep into the rainforest on a mission to photograph some of nature’s most exotic creatures.
During an interview with SWNS, the amateur photographer admitted that he found the squirrels mesmerizing. Their hair which ranged in hue from purple to maroon, to red, to orange, to brown left him spellbound – he was utterly transfixed when the Malabar giant multicolored squirrel bounded into view.
“The squirrels fascinated me, and I got excited to capture this beauty on my camera,” he told SWNS.
More than twice as large as the eastern gray squirrel – the most common variety in the United States – these rainforest dwellers are massive and utterly gorgeous to behold. It’s no wonder that Kaushik found them fascinating. According to The Dodo, these squirrels can measure about 36 inches from head to tail – that’s large for a rodent!
“The sight was an absolute feast for my eyes,” he told the news site.
These animals can leap 20 feet from tree to tree. They’re quick and can span a large distance. They’re also at risk of going extinct. A squirrel expert said: “The real threat is the slow loss and degradation of forested habitats as humans move in and as climate change impacts higher elevation areas.”
What do you think about these amazing animals?
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