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Botanical Gardens inhabitant

Botanical Gardens inhabitant

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  • Ray
  • United States
  • 11 Apr 2017, 00:52
Is this the infamous Grey, Tom?
Tom Wilson: It is indeed, Ray.
Bigger than my Chipmunk,
Tom Wilson: Somewhat smile
Cute! He looks a relative of our Rock Squirrel.
Tom Wilson: Nope - the Rock Squirrel belongs to a completely different family. This is the American Grey Squirrel - imported into the UK in the 1870s, they've spread rapidly, driving out the native Red Squirrel (a much more attractive animal). They carry the squirrel pox virus, which the Red is not immune to, so they are a truly destructive little beast.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Apr 2017, 06:34
Well fed and observant
Tom Wilson: I think many of them have been culled in the Gardens - there are many fewer than there used to be.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Apr 2017, 07:38
Tree rats I know but still quite endearing.
Tom Wilson: Mmm - endearing - not sure I can think of them that way smile
superbe animal!! amitiés
Tom Wilson: Merci, Jean Pierre
It is fascinating to watch these derided creatures as they go about their business Tom.
Tom Wilson: I'd rather have more Reds about the place, Chad smile
Rat's with fluffy tails.
Tom Wilson: Indeed they are - a pest in Britain - they are being completely culled in some counties.
They are cute even though they are pests. Hopefully in July when we go to the Lake District we might see some of the Red ones.
Tom Wilson: I guess that's possible, Brian - I don't know what there distribution is there. They need a quite specific habitat to survive - here a guide to where to find them:
  • Martine
  • France
  • 11 Apr 2017, 16:26
Oh, qu'il est mignon !
Tom Wilson: Ils sont un ravageur importé ici, Martine. Ils ont chassé l'écureuil roux natif de la plupart du pays. Ils portent un virus qui tue l'écureuil rouge - un animal beaucoup plus joli -
There are a lot of them about...far too many!
Tom Wilson: Indeed - they've been killing them off in Northumberland, hoping to eradicate them completely.
He/she has a lot of relatives in the USA, who also eat like there is no tomorrow...
Tom Wilson: I wish they'd stayed there, Larry - then our poor little Reds (and Italy's too!) would have survived!
we only have red squirrels here in the north country Tom...
great portrait....petersmile
Tom Wilson: Lucky you!

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