December 21st, 2008 – by: AlicjaK
USA Today - the magazine available to everone during the flight published the quite interesting article about the gray squirrels -"ugly American intruders, which threatens the smaller, native red squirel- native to Britain. I have found some useful info about squirrels that I really like to know. The three facts about both red and gray squirrels are easy to remember:
- can be right- or left handed. Have four fingers, five toes.
- live in nests high in trees. Store nuts in the ground in the autumn.
- do not hibernate over winter but may be less active in bad weather.
"They are great big bully boys"- was written about the gray squrrels. They are almost double the size of the red, win out in the competition for food and habitat and can eat unripe nuts and berries - the reds cannot digest those until they're ripe. But USA Today said: "Red squirrels hold a special place in Briton's hearts, since children's author Beatrix Potter wrote The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin in 1903.