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Richard Austin's Animal Magic

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 21, 2012

xxxxxKnown as the 'Big Red' he stretches out for a peanut at Escot in East Devon. The red squirrels have their own secure area where they can come and go as they please. This week saw the first kitts make themselves visable having being born a few weeks ago, but their dad Big Red takes it all in his stride.  Strict Copyright Laws Apply © Photograph - Richard Austin  Tel: 07831-566005
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Almost defying the laws of gravity the cheeky red squirrel stretched to its limit for a peanut from the hands of the staff at Escot House in East Devon.

I revisited the unique squirrel playground, which includes a typical wild environment sporting a very large oak tree set in a mini woodland. The whole area is secure ensuring that nothing can get in or out.

Last month staff were delighted when they realised that the adult pair had two babies tucked away inside their dray.

My mission was to photograph the babies who have just started to venture outside.

I did see one of the youngsters very high up in the trees making it impossible to capture a quality image, but as for mum and dad, well they have completely accepted human beings and these perfect little animals come down from the trees to meet and greet everyone, giving you a fantastic experience of being up close to a red squirrel and being able to see just what a visually stunning little animal they are and wouldn't it be simply fantastic if these little squirrels could be re-introduced back into wild Britain.

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