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| P a g e 1 0 / 7 / 2 0 0 8 Red squirrels may be extinct within 10 years October 5th, 2008 - 4:43 pm ICT by ANI www.Thaindian.com London, Oct 5 (ANI): A new study has revealed that the red squirrels in Britain will have only ten years before they are wiped out completely, if urgent action is not taken. The squirrels, which are native to the UK and which were made famous by Beatrix Potters Squirrel Nutkin, are particularly vulnerable at this time of year. The threat on the reds comes from the grey squirrels, which were introduced to the UK from America in the 19th century, and which carry a squirrel pox, which is deadly to reds. The population of the reds needs to be under constant supervision and the Wildlife Trusts wants the public to help them keep track and report any sightings. Besides keeping an eye out for the reds, the Trust also wants people to report the number of greys in the reds last English strongholds such as the Kielder Forest in Northumberland, the Lake District, Anglesey, the Lancashire coast and, further south, Brownsea Island and the Isle of
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