No, that isn’t a joke, readers. There is a species of squirrel in India that has multi-colored fur. While the pictures that made it into the article below may have come from a camera with the “vibrancy” setting on his camera, the fact is that these tree-loving rodents have fur “of another color!”*
So if you have an idea for an odd or alien animal in your novel, short story, or an upcoming series, keep in mind that there are creatures in the real world that are at least as weird as anything your imagination can dream up. “Truth is stranger than fiction,” and if the kangaroo proves that God has a sense of humor, then this squirrel shows He likes wild and weird animals as well!
Enjoy the piece, and keep an eye out for rainbow-hued beasts in your own fiction. You never know what might be hiding in the leaves of that forest you’ve been itching to explore with your words. 😉
Yes, Giant Technicolor Squirrels Actually Roam the Forests of Southern India
The colorful creatures can measure up to three feet long from head to tail and weigh in at around four pounds
By Meilan Solly
APRIL 5, 2019
As Jason Bittel reports for National Geographic, the colorful four-pound critters—enjoying a renewed burst of attention thanks to a series of snapshots posted on Instagram by amateur photographer Kaushik Vijayan—not only roam the forests of southern India, but also, in the words of wildlife conservation biologist John Koprowski, look “exactly” like the majestic orange-, purple- and maroon-colored animals seen on Vijayan’s feed. (Give or take a few filters, that is: Evolutionary biologist Dana Krempels points out that the photographer may have enhanced the squirrels’ natural coloring by applying a “vibrance” setting.)
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