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PRI's Environmental News Magazine

Earth Ear: Red Squirrel

Air Date: Week of October 21, 2011

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Hunting and gathering nuts is a favorite pastime for red squirrel at this time of year in Northern England.

Transcript

GELLERMAN: We leave you this week with Sciurus vulgaris - a red squirrel - in Cumbria, England.

GELLERMAN: It’s October and red squirrels are busy gathering food for the long winter ahead. Once, red squirrels were the only kind in Europe, but that changed in the late 1800’s when their larger, grey cousins arrived from the United States. Red squirrels have been on the decline ever since. Richard Margoschis recorded this red furry rodent for the BBC Library cd “Vanishing Wildlife – A sound guide to Britain’s Endangered Species.”

[SCREECHING OF THE RED SQUIRREL, A VARIETY OF BIRDS CHIRPING]

 

 

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