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You are correct in that it is a Grey but you have used the Latin name for the Red Squirrel.
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Your right Chris, what a silly mistake! Thanks.
How do you think it died? Looks like its had its throat slit or something! Amazing that its kept the acorn in there.
Look's like it has been trapped then killed the nut was probably placed into the mouth after death.I have seen this before rather sick I think why can we not just leave them alone and nature will balance itself out naturally.We introduced these chaps in Edwardian times and because they have become successful and are no longer a curiosity we kill them.This photo has upset me as it shows no respect or dignity for the little animal.
Here's what we need - more pine martens! http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sciencetoday/2012/1115/1224326599383...
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the grey squirrel is now an invasive species and because of the fact we introudced them does that not mean we now have a moral obligation to control them? to balance the damage they have caused to our native species? i dont know the answer im just giving another side to the arguement, although i do believe any animal deserves the right to be treated humainly.
The problem is that we have removed and made so many animals,birds extinct in the British Isles through hunting for fun, persecution and we do not seem to learn from our mistakes I personally feel the most invasive and destructive species is man and that is across the world when will we learn and what gives us the right to decide what numbers are acceptable and when there are only a few we will them flock to see them.I am sorry to be so one sided too but I do not think we should kill unless we are going to eat it.This killing is not humain why slit it's throat was it to save money on a bullet.I hope things change as I feel very sad the way we treat our wonderful diverse creatures we share this world with.
Adding to what Sheila says, the fact that we have extirpated or reduced in number so many native species ourselves makes the problem of some other species much worse. As the article above shows, pine martens can control grey squirrels, also otters have been shown to control American mink, and our high red deer numbers in some places are because we've killed all the natural predators off.
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