Indian palm squirrel
Indian palm squirrel (Funambulus palmarum) is known for the distinctive three stripes across its back, much similar to that in Chipmunks, a smaller variety of squirrels seen in N. America.
There is a legend related to the stripes seen on this squirrel. Though it is a well-known legend in India, here it is in brief.
According to this Mythological legend, the squirrel helped Lord Rama to collect sand and build bridge to reach Lanka, the Kingdom of Ravana, where Sita was in captivity. Lord Rama stroked squirrel’s back to show his appreciation and three stripes, marks of his fingers, appeared on its back.
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This adorable critter decided to have lunch on my backyard wall. Looked like the rice I had placed was tasty.
Observe the expressions!