In the UK, Ireland and Italy, numbers of Eurasian red squirrels hive diminished dramatically, raising long-term fears for their future. Non-native eastern grey squirrels; introduced by humans are partly at fault. The Ultra-competitive grey squirrel-carries the squirrel paradox virus, which can kill their red cousin.
Despite, this, red squirrels continue to thrive across the forests- of northern Europe and Siberia, favouring the evergreen pine tree for its home and food. Using their powerful lower incisors, they can open a nut in seconds. The famous red Coat varies in colour depending on the time of year and location, but its underbelly always remains a luxurious, creamy, white.