A Palm squirrel fluffs up on a cool windy March morning to keep itself warm. This is how many birds and animal species keep warm against the vagaries of the weather.
The northern palm #squirrel (#FunambulusPennantii) also called the five-striped palm squirrel is a species of #rodent in the family #Sciuridae.It is a semi-arboreal species found in tropical and subtropical dry deciduous forest and many other rural and urban habitats. It is a common species with a wide range IUCN has rated its conservation status as being of least concern.
It is found commonly in the Indian subcontinent, although a similar species three-striped palm squirrel (Funambulus palmarum) is common in the southern peninsular India. It is fairly common in urban areas, even in large cities.
These squirrels eat mainly nuts and fruits. They are pretty vocal, with a cry that sounds like "chip chip chip" when danger is present. They can be easily domesticated and trained to accept food from humans. ‘
Squirrels are considered #sacred in India and are not to be harmed. They are even fed by many Hindu families, mainly because of their association with Lord #Rama as the #legend goes that it helped in the building of the bridge from India to Lanka. A legend also explains the #stripes on the back of most of the squirrels. Lord Rama, pleased by the creature's dedication in this major work, caressed the squirrel's back and ever since, the Indian squirrel carried the imprint in form of white stripes on its back, which are believed to be the mark of Lord Rama's fingers.
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