Red squirrels might be so scarce in Britain because of the loss of their habitat and their inability to compete with the imported grey squirrel but their poor gastronomic choices might have something to do with it.
A red squirrel broke into the Atholl Road branch of Greggs in Pitlochry through the eaves on a Saturday night and refused to move out, forcing locals had to do without their sausage rolls for several days. The squirrel’s occupation was manna from social media heaven for Greggs who shared updates of the chase with their followers and were finally able to tweet four days later that “after giving us the run around, we managed to catch the Greggs squirrel safe and sound”.
They posted a video of it being released into the the nearby Faskally woods. The shop then had to be thoroughly deep cleaned – every cloud has a silver lining – but is now open for business again.
Perhaps the squirrel will stick to nuts next time it feels hungry.