A charity wants to save red squirrels:
The public are being urged to track the UK’s red squirrel population to help protect it from a deadly virus.
The Wildlife Trusts charity wants to guard against the threat posed to the UK’s estimated 160,000 red squirrels by squirrel pox, carried by greys. By people reporting sightings of reds during Squirrel Week, which starts later, it hopes to identify areas where protective measures may be required.
These could include culling of grey squirrels, which are more common. Conservationists say culling is a necessary evil to help preserve red squirrels for the future.
I think grey squirrels are quite cute and I don’t see why they should be killed. Clearly grey squirrels are the master race of squirrels and the reds just can’t hack it. Trying to redress the imbalance between the reds and the superior greys is like trying to make water run uphill: it’s hard work, and as soon as you stop doing it the water just runs downhill again.
Anyway, here are some pictures of squirrels: