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September 20 2013

After 140 years, red squirrels are fighting back


Indigenous red squirrels were almost wiped out after greys were introduced from North America in the 19th century.

The native species survived in only a few pockets in the north of England, the Isle of Wight and Scotland.

The numbers were getting dangerously low because of a pox virus carried by the greys, similar to myxomatosis, along with the greys’ superior adaptability.

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