Squirrels of Buxton

almost extinct.................... but


The brave Ducks of Buxton have been instrumental in averting the almost certain demise of our well loved local rodent. A connection may seem far fetched between these two species but local Squirrel and Duck fanciers have observed a remarkable pattern of behaviour that has most certainly impacted on breeding patterns of the Squirrels.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squirrel

 One of the busier habitats of the squirrel is on  the area of parkland  called The Slopes in the town centre of Buxton. This area has recently become overun by tourists and has caused  heightening stress levels in the squirrels. A similar effect has been observed in the adjacent Pavilion gardens whose wide landscapes are also overun  by predatory tourists. 

Fortunately for the Squirrels the Ducks who also live in the park have at last taken action.

The Ducks have endured years of well intentioned but dangerous interventions in their diets by visitors to the parks. "Angel Wing" one of the most disabling diseases of Ducks, leading to premature death is primarily due to the consumption of bread. The Ducks have at last cottoned on to this fact and have joined forces with the Squirrels in an attempt to halt the serious impact of tourist hamper overkill .Angel Wing 

The tourist effect on Squirrels has been rather different. Instead of giving food to the rodents they have been actively removing vital food stores. Innocent play involving the removal of vast quantities of acorns and the vandalism of oak trees has unwittingly put children at risk of attack .

 Unlikely as this may seem  squirrels without sources of protein become agitated and have been known to  attack birds' nests and then if necessary move on to bigger game.Russian squirrel pack 'kills dog' - BBC News

Another serious reason for the Squirrel/ Duck collaboration is the bad press that both species have to endure on a regular basis resulting in insults and abuse. 

For the Duck along with Bird Flu Bird Flu Special  they are also the butt of humorous jokes  In 2002, psychologist Richard Wiseman and colleagues at the University of Hertfordshire (UK) finished a year-long LaughLab experiment, concluding that, of the animals in the world, the duck is the type that attracts most humor and silliness; he said "If you're going to tell a joke involving an animal, make it a duck." The word "duck" may have become an inherently funny word in many languages because ducks are seen as a silly animal, and their odd appearance compared to other birds. Of the many ducks in fiction, many are silly cartoon characters like Daffy Duck (see the New Scientist article [1] mentioning humor in the word "duck"). 

For the Squirrel the ignomy of being classed as a pest has become a driving force for their claim to equal rights.

to be continued..............