In pensive mood
Two schoolchildren from a remote school in Anuradhapura were seated
by the roadside biding their time, waiting for a bus to get home.
Our photographer Saman Sri Wedage captured this sight while on his
rounds in Anuradhapura
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Waiting for the right move
This Giant squirrel or Dandu Lena (Ratufa macroura) was spotted in
the wilds of Wilpattu by our photographer Nissanka Wijerahne
The giant squirrel is distributed throughout the island in suitable
habitats with three different subspecies. Wet Zone and highland
subspecies have blackish brown to jet black with totally black or
‘frosted with white’ tail, while Dry Zone subspecies have grizzled grey
or brown upper parts with heavily frosted tail. They are diurnal and
arboreal, always live in forests or nearby villages with some trees.
Its diet consists of leaves, barks and young twigs and shoots of
trees and also wild fruits, berries and nuts in seasons. It is said that
insects, grubs and occasionally bird eggs are also included in its food.
They build their nests among branches of tall trees within its territory
demarcated by a solitary squirrel or a pair, using small branches and
twigs. Usually they build three to four nests and use them for sleeping
and bringing forth young.