The animal of the day is the Red Squirrel. (Did you know: These squirrels live in Eurasia, and are facing serious competition from the North American Squirrel which has been introduced to the Eurasian continent.
The Grey Squirrels are out competing the Red Squirrel because:
- The eastern grey squirrel can easily digest acorns, while the red squirrel cannot.
- The eastern grey squirrel carries a disease, the squirrel parapoxvirus, that does not appear to affect their health but will often kill the red squirrel. It was revealed in 2008 that the numbers of red squirrels at Formby have recently declined by 80% as a result of this disease.
- When the red squirrel is put under pressure, it will not breed as often.