Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A Gentle giant, and the 100th post

shy giant

In the moist evergreen forests of Kerala, it is an overwhelming feeling just to be – you do not necessarily have to see it all to believe it : the fact is that you couldn’t, even if you wanted to.
The air is always heavy with the sounds and smells of what is on the other side – of a tree trunk or the thick undergrowth - of creatures watching your every move.
There is a rhythm ( I’d even go as far as calling it silence) to the noises of the jungle; for when there is a crackle of branches and a rustle of leaves, you will turn and look, and you will probably spot this colorful bundle of fur on a leap that is nothing less than unbelievable.

The giant Malabar squirrel is quite huge as the name suggests. What is unlike how the name sounds though, is that he is a particularly cute fellow.
It builds nests on intricately branched heights of trees, and hardly ever comes down : a reason why the creature cannot be spotted very easily.
The natural predators of this threatened species are leopards and large birds, but the real threat is from the two-legged cousins that live on the other side of the tree line.

23 comments:

Fresh Lime Soda said...

A rare snap for a special occasion. Way 2 go Balu....

ursjina said...

hehe..so u came into age only now..later than me..:P..
kidding..happy bday..n maybe u shud hav put up ur snap ther...

Keshi said...

wow a BIG friend indeedz!

And happy 100th! :)

Keshi.

heh? ok said...

he has snazzy taste in fur.

happy 100.

silverine said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! On the 100.

A gentle giant indeed. You know in Kerala, he used to be a delicacy. Hope he is not now.

crumbs said...

it's amazing what you can see when you look hard enough nah?

:) happy 100th. You ARE getting old :D

the rain tree said...

i just loved his tail :)

happy 100th!

Sonia said...

can't see the pic for some weird reason.

ToOothlEss WOndeR! said...

fls: thank you comrade. hail hitler! (i dont know what to say. ;))

ursjina: does this slave even deserve comparison, princess?? :))
my snap.. it's on it's way.. cant find one deformed enough to put here yet.

keshi: thank you!!!

heh?: a lot of ppl think he'll make a great hat.

silverine: i hear there is a kallu shaap that serve his kind in mundakkayam. what can one do.. th aachayan has a double barrel, i am told.

crumbs: after you, madame!
:p

rain tree: his tail looks like an XXL sized bottle brush to me. LOL

sonia: that depresses me. :(

Moi said...

Oh my god..that tail is endless........beautifully captured...these flitting creatures are hardest to focus upon..you have done such a neat job of it.....congrats on 100th post......here's to next 100 :)

Flyaway Mind said...

u hit century!!!! **applause***

usha said...

congrats on ur 100th!

seems like i missed a lot of action in here.. luvd the russel market ones! awesome!

hope u make it to ur 200th much faster, and have more fun along the way!

sandeep said...

amazing one to hit the century :) do u have a tele lens?

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