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Five-striped Palm-squirrel.

Very common and tame in villages.
This is the species of squirrel which Rama thanked for helping the monkeys to build the bridge/causeway to Lanka when he was rescuing Sita from Ravana.
The stripes were left when he stroked one of them, and have been there ever since!
Five-striped ground-squirrel

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