Posts Tagged ‘wildlife’

Hope for red squirrels?

Some people like to scare themselves silly with stories from the BBC news website about man-eating spiders the size of buildings. I find cute and cuddly stuff. Just for the record.

Such as this story which talks about their being hope for the survival of our native red squirrel:

Scientists have found that some red squirrels have developed immunity to a disease that has ravaged their numbers.

The pox is transmitted by grey squirrels; but while greys suffer no ill effects from it, if a red catches the virus it will be dead within weeks.

The findings… suggest a vaccine could now help to save red squirrels from annihilation.

And there’s also an amusing speeded up video of baby red squirrels which I can’t embed on my blog to share, but you can view it on the same page as the article. Which, if you can’t be bothered to move your mouse, is right here.

That video put me in mind of a clip from Hoodwinked:

I loved that film!