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Red Squirrels Born In Cornwall

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7:03am 23rd August 2014

 

Two red squirrels are born in Cornwall.

The babies arrived at Trewithen Gardens near Probus.

They have three adults as part of a red squirrel project.

They are one of the most threatened mammals in the UK and are extinct in the wild in the Duchy.

HRH Prince Charles is President of the Red Squirrel Survival Trust and he was the one who released the male into the purpose-built pen with the two females just over two years ago. Since then, Trewithen owner Michael Galsworthy and the estate gardening team have been looking forward to seeing kits born.

"I'm thrilled with our new arrivals and know that everyone involved in the CRSP will be too," said Mr Galsworthy.  "We hadn't seen one of the females for a while and hoped that meant she was nesting but, since we didn't want to disturb her, we couldn't be sure. 

"I have very fond memories of seeing red squirrels playing in front of Trewithen House in the 1950s and, although it will be some time yet before that is likely to happen again, these births are a very important step in the right direction."

All three of the Trewithen adult squirrels came from Paradise Park.

"All our staff were delighted to hear the news of Trewithen's young red squirrels," said David Woolcock, the Paradise Park's Curator.  "It has always been our aim to establish satellite breeding groups throughout the county to support the re-establishment efforts of the Cornwall Red Squirrel Project.  This breeding success at Trewithen, with animals on loan from Paradise Park, takes us one step closer to our ultimate goal - securing the future of these wonderful native animals in the wild in Cornwall."

The two kits in their nest

7:03am 23rd August 2014

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