Yorkshire garden's rare foreign visitor|selkie|fiddleinthesky@hotmail.com|01/31/08 at 18:59:08|selkie|xx|0|82.6.24.51|A young family who like to feed birds in their garden were flabbergasted to find one of the world's rarest squirrels fighting over the dinner.
Trish Bushell, 37, from Wortley, Leeds, has encountered the furry friend every day since Boxing Day and found out it was a prevost's squirrel a native of South-East Asia. Emblazoned with black, white and reddish-brown stripes, the tiny 1lb creature sticks out like a sore thumb when compared against the run-of-the-mill grey squirrels.

Also known as the tri-coloured or beautiful squirrel, it is virtually never spotted in the wild in the UK.

Mrs Bushell thinks it is either a pet or has made a successful bid for freedom from a zoo or animal sanctuary.

She said: "It tends to come and feed on the bird table twice a day, once in the morning and once at dusk.

"Every time I have looked out while making breakfast or tea since Boxing Day, he has been sitting there taking all the food for the birds.

"I thought it was quite unusual but it was my father-in-law who looked it up straight away because he was so impressed by it."

The prevost's squirrel, from the tree squirrel species, usually lives in lowland forests in South-East Asia. They are usually about 10 inches long and usually weigh about a 1lb.

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/localnews/Yorkshire-garden39s-rare-foreign-visitor.3729779.jp|| Prevost squirrel in Leeds|selkie|fiddleinthesky@hotmail.com|01/31/08 at 19:00:39|selkie|xx|0|82.6.24.51|After the invasion of the grey squirrel, here's their brown Asian cousin...
By LIZ HULL -  00:16am on 31st January 2008


At first, the black and white creature darting through the trees was taken to be a magpie. Then someone noticed its tail.

With its striking black, white and red coat, the animal leaping around the back gardens of Leeds is said by conservationists to be a Prevost squirrel, one of the most endangered species in the world.

And it's a long way from home. It is usually found 7,000 miles away in the lowland forests of Borneo and Thailand. The West Yorkshire specimen may have escaped from a sanctuary or pet shop.

Around 11 inches long with a six to nine inch tail and weighing just over a pound, it was first spotted on Trish Bushell's garden fence on Boxing Day. It has since become a favourite of her daughters.

Matilda, two, and Melissa, one. Mrs Bushell, 37, said: "I thought it was a magpie at first because it had black and white on it. Then I noticed its fluffy tale.

"We feed it nuts and fruit, just as it eats at home. It comes into the garden at about the same time every day. It really is fabulous to watch.

"We've no idea how it's come to be here. It's not the kind of creature you has a pet, although, obviously, it's got here somehow."

In South-East Asia the rodent - whose generic name, callosciurus, means beautiful squirrel - would have snakes and large birds of prey to contend with.

The only problem it faces in Leeds is keeping out of the claws of next door's cat.

But Mrs Bushell added: "The only problem is next door's cat. That cat nearly caught it the other day, but the squirrel seems to sense when it's there."

http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=511332&in_page_id=1770|| Squirrel Causing Abit Of A Stir.|selkie|fiddleinthesky@hotmail.com|01/31/08 at 19:01:35|selkie|xx|0|82.6.24.51|A Prevost squirrel, normally found in south east Asia, has left conservationists baffled - by setting up home in Leeds.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=c5c_1201630886&c=1|| I'M NUT FROM THESE PARTS|selkie|fiddleinthesky@hotmail.com|01/31/08 at 19:02:36|selkie|xx|0|82.6.24.51|It's not often you'll look out on your chilly English garden and see an exotic little creature like this.

But that's exactly what Trish Bushell has been doing since Boxing Day when she first spotted the colourful rodent nibbling food left out for the birds.

It's a mystery how the Prevost's squirrel from South East Asia, suddenly found itself at the mum-of-two's home in Leeds.

But with its black, white and reddish-brown stripes it certainly stands out from the usual crowd of dull grey squirrels in her garden.
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Trish, 37, said: "It comes twice a day, in the morning and at dusk.

"My girls, Matilda, two, and Melissa, one, love to watch them."

Prevost's, also known as the tricoloured or beautiful squirrel, usually live in the lowland forests of Malaysia, Borneo and Sumatra.

Blackpool Zoo head keeper Peter Dillingham, 51, said the animal was probably an escaped pet.

He added: "Not many zoos here keep them so it would have been missed if it went.

"This fella's doing well. I'm surprised he's lasted as they are from warm climates. But as long as he's got somewhere warm to sleep he should be OK."

TALL TAILS

Squirrels are more intelligent than dogs and can be trained to do tricks.

They sweat through the feet.

Males spend twice as long on grooming as females.

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