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Red Squirrels Showing Resistance to Poxvirus


Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife, red squirrels )

Cher Away
- 250 days ago - theguardian.com
Researchers find signs of immunity in Formby population that was nearly killed off by the deadly disease transmitted by greys



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Barbara D. (106)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 8:38 am
It would be fantastic to see the lil reds re-populate, but if they do they still have to face deforestation, competition from the greys, and...predation by man.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 10:34 am
At least it was a positive article.
 

Franshisca Dearmas (97)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 1:42 pm
Noted .TY Cher
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 2:55 pm
Noted. Thank you for sharing this information on the red squirrels. Seems as though the North American grey squirrels might be responsible also for the smaller numbers of the red squirrels. Wondering how the grays got there in the first place?
 

Christine Stewart (131)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 4:49 pm
I hope the red squirrels can recover from the virus.
 

Dale O. (189)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 8:23 pm
Thankfully, there are still quite a number of red squirrels where I live. Sad to know that they can die of a pox that other squirrels are not affected by. Good to hear that there is perhaps some immunity.Interesting to read of the part where rabbits were wiped out by 98 percent but were able to bounce back so hopefully this will also be the case.
 

A F. (130)
Monday November 25, 2013, 1:33 am
thank you
 

Sandi C. (238)
Monday November 25, 2013, 7:19 am
thanks for sharing.
 

Ruth S. (314)
Monday November 25, 2013, 7:47 am
Why don't they leave the poor animals ALONE! I know why they are doing this, its because they want to see if they can use them in labs!
 

Sara P. (55)
Monday November 25, 2013, 10:32 am
Good news for them and for us! Thanks Cher.
 
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