Red Squirrels

Today's post is about Red Squirrels, which are one of my favorite animals. Red Squirrels are an instantly recognizable mammal with their red fur, ear tufts and long, bushy tails. They are native to Britain although now you can only see them in certain places. This is because of the introduction of grey squirrels. There diet is seeds, fungi, fruits and sometimes bird's eggs.

Key Facts
  • There are an estimated amount of only 140,000 red squirrels left in Britain and over 2.5 million of their rival Greys.
  • Their young are called Kittens
  • They build large nests called dreys.
  • Grey squirrels transmit squirrel pox virus to the Reds, but the greys are only carriers of the disease and are immune.
A Red Squirrel at the British Wildlife Centre

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