Red Squirrels are rare in Britain now but not so difficult to find on mainland Europe. We saw one in Vienna, photographed by my daughter, in 2010 and a rare UK sighting on the Isle of Wight 2009, photographed by me.

This post has no purpose other than to celebrate these charming creatures.

In contrast, there is a photograph of a Grey Squirrel in the UK (also photographed by my daughter). These creatures, although charming and attractive in their own way, are commonplace in the UK and have been responsible for the near-disappearance of the Red Squirrel from Britain.

We should remember to give all creatures our respect but it is impossible for me not to have a special soft spot for the cheeky red squirrel.

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