Is the red squirrel just a turncoat?
Published 21/08/2014 | 11:00
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).