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A bushy-tailed rodent of the sciuridae family, living wild in Britain. They are about 8 inches/20cm long (without their tail) and generally live in trees. Two forms are found, the Red and the larger Grey - the latter being dominant, and forcing the Red largely to the extremities of the country.
In the Middle Ages, Red Squirrels were considered fit for Lords, and when young were fried with parsley and butter - when older used in pies often with coneys. See 'Coney'