Twitter goes nuts for huge multicolored squirrel as long as a cat

first_imgOthers weren’t at all keen on the squirrel at all. Although climate change is rapidly destroying the biodiversity of the planet, wiping out adorable species like the Bramble Cay Melomys and pushing others, like the northern white rhino, to the very edge, the Malabar giant squirrel is ranked as species of “least concern”.Hopefully that means we will be seeing a lot more of the tricolored forest wonders in the future. I just learned about these giant Malabar Squirrels that are so colorful! I’ll bet their fellow squirrels think they’re AMAZING! pic.twitter.com/DJ87piDh24— AlesiaXO (@AlesiaXOXOXO) April 3, 2019 Malabar giant squirrels are my new queer icon. pic.twitter.com/6fpElnrZvX— Jacob J. Erickson (@jacobjerickson) April 3, 2019 Can we splice giant Malabar squirrel genes into humans, so I can stop paying to turn my hair these colors? https://t.co/QD3hbyGKeu— Seanan McGuire (@seananmcguire) April 2, 2019 How have I only just heard about the Indian Malabar giant squirrel. I thought it was a late April fools photoshopped image pic.twitter.com/k4qdxtFN7n— rowen (@row3n_) April 3, 2019 Of course, that could be because we’ve just past April Fools’ Day and there have been a ton of sneaky hoaxes that caught us off-guard. Share your voice Getty/iqbalsiddiqui Step aside, cute cats that play piano. The internet has a new viral sensation: The Indian giant squirrel.The squirrel is a three-tone behemoth native to the forests of India — and now entirely adored by Twitter. It can grow to around 14 inches in length, which is just a little smaller than a full grown cat and can jump to a height of around 20 feet. It’s got all the necessary features required to become an internet icon.And so, after an amateur wildlife photographer’s snaps caught fire online, the squirrel has done just that.Kaushik Vijayan was trekking through the Indian forest when he spotted the creatures in their technicolor dream coats, posting images to his Instagram account. Although they were originally posted in 2018, media distributor South West News Service posted them to Twitter on Tuesday.Suddenly Viyajan’s snaps of the furry red, blue and gold flyers are everywhere. Tagscenter_img 15 creatures that could disappear with Great Barrier Reef Squirrels, in turns out, come in rainbow colors. India’s Malabar squirrel makes the world a more beautiful place.#squirrels pic.twitter.com/P3pTnWgYA9— Dr. SunWolf (@WordWhispers) April 3, 2019 0 15 Photos Vijayan told CBS News he found the squirrel “drop-dead gorgeous” and that he was “overwhelmed” by the response that his photos were receiving. The responses on Twitter have largely been unadulterated joy, because it’s simply wonderful such a thing exists in this cruel, cold world.The squirrel isn’t an incredibly new discovery — in fact, they appear in early classification records of mammals by German naturalist Johann Erxeleben from 1777 and several subspecies have been discovered in the past two centuries. Still, they’re a surprise to many and an icon to others. Post a comment Nope RT @nypost: Multicoloured Malabar Giant Squirrel photographed in India https://t.co/WRqhN5cHV7 pic.twitter.com/6lZXHLBj2Z— ✨Princesa✨ (@AyeeMami001) April 3, 2019 Onlinelast_img

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