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Okay, I know this is not even remotely connected to bikes, but I couldn't find a decent topic to shoehorn this one in.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/red-squirrel-manhole-cover-rescued-firefighters-dortmund-germany-a8968871.html

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hawkinspeter [4102 posts] 4 months ago
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Obligatory pic:

 

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ktache [2139 posts] 4 months ago
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Thank you for that.

Do they not have a problem with introduced grey squirrels displacing the red on the continent?

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peted76 [1588 posts] 4 months ago
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From Wikipedia:

The red squirrel or Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) is a species of tree squirrel in the genus Sciurus common throughout Eurasia. The red squirrel is an arboreal, omnivorous rodent.

 

Which frankly I feel is a bit rude.

 

There's some further more useful information on population etc.. I started reading but was distracted by the pictures (in the Alps there are Black Squirrels!). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_squirrel

 

 

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hawkinspeter [4102 posts] 4 months ago
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ktache wrote:

Thank you for that.

Do they not have a problem with introduced grey squirrels displacing the red on the continent?

Greys haven't been in Europe as long (1948?), so they haven't taken over as much. Give them time, though. Or, it might be something to do with pine martens in Europe eating them (we don't have many of them here).

Whilst on the topic, here's a charming little tail: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/18/alabama-man-accused-of-feeding-caged-attack-squirrel-meth

 

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ktache [2139 posts] 4 months ago
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Now that is properly messed up.

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hawkinspeter [4102 posts] 4 months ago
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ktache wrote:

Now that is properly messed up.

Methed up.

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Butty [353 posts] 4 months ago
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I'm curious what method was found to be unsafe for testing a squirrel high on meths?

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StraelGuy [1746 posts] 4 months ago
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The chance of the drug-addled critter biting them I expect...

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ktache [2139 posts] 4 months ago
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Either that or I reckon a squirrel going cold turkey is going to be a bit tetchy.