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gray squirrel

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(Animals) a grey-furred squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis, native to E North America but now widely established elsewhere
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ONCE upon a time there was a little fat comfortable grey squirrel, called Timmy Tiptoes.
His dress was a tunic of forest green, furred at the throat and cuffs with what was called minever; a kind of fur inferior in quality to ermine, and formed, it is believed, of the skin of the grey squirrel. This doublet hung unbuttoned over a close dress of scarlet which sate tight to his body; he had breeches of the same, but they did not reach below the lower part of the thigh, leaving the knee exposed.
Kim was busy watching a grey squirrel. When the little scolding bunch of fur, close pressed to the branch, disappeared, preacher and audience were fast asleep, the old officer's strong-cut head pillowed on his arm, the lama's thrown back against the tree-bole, where it showed like yellow ivory.
Now research published in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology has shed new light on why some grey squirrels are black.
It said: "Our staff and volunteers are still working incredibly hard to locate sick reds and remove any grey squirrels from the area.
Grey squirrels were introduced to the British Isles from North America in the 19th century.
Grey squirrels push the native red species out, taking over their habitats and food.
A WILDLIFE conservation group has come under attack from people accusing it of planning to "trap and kill" grey squirrels.
Grey squirrels, from North America and muntjac, from China, compete with British wildlife.
Grey squirrels were detected in 48% of surveys, a 5% rise compared to 2017.
The eradication of grey squirrels from Anglesey between 1998 and 2015 is estimated to have cost just over PS1m.