Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Is the red squirrel just a turncoat?

THE say the red squirrel is a victim, under threat of extinction, usurped by the grey invader, but what if they are wrong?

Perhaps the answer is evolution. Maybe the red squirrel has adapted to its environment.

A red coat is great camouflage in the trees, but in the concrete jungle a grey coat is practically an invisibility cloak.

One moment I'm sipping my morning coffee looking at the cute little pack of fur balls scurrying across the lawn, when suddenly I notice something, something positively Darwinian, as they jostle at play revealing red fluffy bellies.

And, on closer inspection, quite a few patches of red fur mottled throughout the grey topcoat.

Eureka! The red is the grey (or, more accurately, was the grey).

MICHAEL COFFEY

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