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Red squirrels are making a comeback due to pine martens (Ireland)

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One of the country's best loved native animals, the red squirrel, has staged a valiant comeback after its numbers fell dangerously low. The woodland dweller, once a no-show in large parts of the country, is now found in every county.

Meanwhile its arch-enemy, the non-native grey squirrel, which competes with it for food and carries a pox fatal to reds, is gone from some of its previous strongholds.

Wildlife experts attribute the turnaround to the recovery of another native species, the pine marten, whose numbers have grown since it was given added legal protections.

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Pine martens prey on squirrels but, after centuries inhabiting the same territory, the red squirrel is wise to its tricks. The grey squirrel, despite being twice the size of its red cousin, has only been in Ireland for 100 years and appears to be vulnerable to the pine marten's stealth.

A study over the past year found midland counties provided the clearest illustration. The grey squirrel was first introduced in this area but it has disappeared there while the pine marten, which had all but vanished from the region, was thriving there and red squirrel numbers also increased.

"The outlook for the two native species is very good," the report said.

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holy scheisse

They're so CUTE. I love ginger colored animals. Like orange cats are my fav

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RAMROD

That is good. Ginger squirrel is so cute tbh.

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This is nice to know.

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Santa Stefani

The type of comeback we need for Chromatica, when will Gagz? :yennefer:

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39 minutes ago, FfFfFfFF said:

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One of the country's best loved native animals, the red squirrel, has staged a valiant comeback after its numbers fell dangerously low. The woodland dweller, once a no-show in large parts of the country, is now found in every county.

Meanwhile its arch-enemy, the non-native grey squirrel, which competes with it for food and carries a pox fatal to reds, is gone from some of its previous strongholds.

Wildlife experts attribute the turnaround to the recovery of another native species, the pine marten, whose numbers have grown since it was given added legal protections.

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Pine martens prey on squirrels but, after centuries inhabiting the same territory, the red squirrel is wise to its tricks. The grey squirrel, despite being twice the size of its red cousin, has only been in Ireland for 100 years and appears to be vulnerable to the pine marten's stealth.

A study over the past year found midland counties provided the clearest illustration. The grey squirrel was first introduced in this area but it has disappeared there while the pine marten, which had all but vanished from the region, was thriving there and red squirrel numbers also increased.

"The outlook for the two native species is very good," the report said.

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Omg. They must have some really good nature footage of pine martens just tearing into grey squirrels. :vegas:

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