Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Spaniel enlisted in fight to save Scotland's red squirrels

By Giancarlo Rinaldi
South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

He might be the most unusual recruit to the fight to preserve the native red squirrels of southern Scotland.

Rory the springer spaniel has developed a skill which is helping in the struggle on the conservation frontline.

For he helps gamekeeper Richard Thomson identify whether a grey or red has been caught in a trap before they can even see it.

The gamekeeper then knows whether he needs to prepare to release the creature or destroy it humanely.

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