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Galapagos TortoiseToday, Bernie the Bear wants to show you the Galapagos Tortoise.

The biggest species of tortoise in the world!

If you didn't get here quick enough like Simon the Snail, yesterday's featured animal was the Sumatran Orang-utan.

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Each tooth weighs 1kg!
Giant ClamGiant Clam
Can reach nearly 6ft in length!
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An affectionate hunting dog!
There are an estimated 30 million species!
Monte Iberia EleuthMonte Iberia Eleuth
The smallest frog in the Northern Hemisphere!
Each eye weighs more than their whole brain!
Bumble BeeBumble Bee
The most common species of bee!
Sun BearSun Bear
The smallest species of bear in the world!
Water VoleWater Vole
The largest Vole species in the UK!
There are 30 different species worldwide!
The offspring of a Zebra and Horse parents!
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Loyal and affectionate to it's family!
Thought to be immune to certain snake venom!
Sleeps on just one leg!
Has loud cow-like calls!
Tawny OwlTawny Owl
The most widespread owl in Europe!
Brown BearBrown Bear
A dominant predator in it's environment!
Can curl into a hard, protective ball!
There are 13 different species worldwide!
Can travel more than four miles a day!
Closely related to crabs and lobsters!
Has 2 stomachs to aid digestion!
There are 69 species on the Australian continent!
Indian Star TortoiseIndian Star Tortoise
Popular in the exotic pet trade!
Roamed Asia and Europe for around 100,000 years!
There are more than 160 different species!
One of the only mammals to lay eggs!
Respire through the gills on their heads!
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Intelligent yet stubborn by nature!
Brazilian TerrierBrazilian Terrier
Small body and tri-coloured coat!
Can have a wingspan of up to 3 meters!
Does not hibernate during the bitter Arctic winter!
Can live until they are more than 150 years old!
Western GorillaWestern Gorilla
There are two sub-species!
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Folklore says it's half cat, half raccoon!
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Intelligent, lively and strong!
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There are nearly 2,000 different species!
Pied TamarinPied Tamarin
Only found in one area of Brazil!
Named more than 1,000 years ago!
There are more than 240,000 different species!

Betty the Butterfly's Blog

Why Are Red Squirrels So Threatened In The UK?

Mon 16th April 2018 (0 comments)
Once one of the most widespread and common woodland creatures in the country, red squirrels are now seldom seen in many parts of the UK as numbers have declined significantly over the past century. Still commonly found in isolated regions and throughout the European continent, one of our most historically iconic native species is becoming increasingly threatened in the UK due to a number of factors but most notably with the introduction of grey squirrels from America.

Why Are Red Squirrels So Threatened In The UK?
Why Are Red Squirrels So Threatened In The UK?, © Millie Bond
Why Are Red Squirrels So Threatened In The UK?, © Millie Bond

Red squirrels are a highly distinctive squirrel species and are easily recognised by their dark to bright red fur, long ear tufts and fluffy tails. They are relatively small in size compared to grey squirrels and can be found inhabiting coniferous and deciduous woodlands from the UK and Northern Ireland, throughout Europe and as far east as northwest China. They mainly ingest plant materials such as seeds, green acorns, fungi and hazelnuts as well as occasionally consuming eggs and small birds.

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