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We left the tahrs and continued on up the hills. Apart from the beautiful view, we could also see some birds. And then we saw a Malabar Giant Squirrel high up on a tree. We were surprised to see the squirrel so far ahead of Valparai.
The Indian giant squirrel, or Malabar giant squirrel, (Ratufa indica) is a large tree squirrel species genus Ratufa native to India. It is a large-bodied diurnal, arboreal, and herbivorous squirrel found in South Asia. It is called शेकरू 'Shekru' in Marathi and is state animal of Maharashtra.
The Indian giant squirrel is an upper-canopy dwelling species, which rarely leaves the trees, and requires "tall profusely branched trees for the construction of nests." It travels from tree to tree with jumps of up to 6 m. When in danger, the Ratufa indica often freezes or flattens itself against the tree trunk, instead of fleeing. Its main predators are the birds of prey and the leopard. The Giant Squirrel is mostly active in the early hours of the morning and in the evening, resting in the midday. It is a shy, wary animal and not easy to discover. [Wikipedia]
Just as we were about to enter Valparai, we saw the two "Monkey minders". These guys stay on the road when the Lion tailed Macaques (LTM) are around and warn the motorists to go slow by waving the board that have. We have met them on our previous trips and know them quite well. They greeted us and informed us that the LTMs were inside the forest and were making their way to the road. They wanted us to wait for them, but we told them to calls us the next day when they come out and started off.
Just then we saw this beauty hanging upside down with just its two hind legs/claws hooked to this large tree and happily ripping off the bark and having fun.
and it's nest...
We were happy with all these sightings on day one and reached our stay in the evening.
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