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Monday, July 30, 2012

Is it a bird, is it a plane…No, it’s superman squirrel! Rare red rodent caught on camera making huge leap between branches

By Daily Mail Reporter

They have become one of Britain's rarest animals but this spritely red squirrel looks like he is ready to fight back.

Taking on the pose of superman this bright-coated mammal has been spotted zooming across the Scotland sky much like the man of steel would himself.

In a series of pictures taken in Loch Awe, Scotland, the flame-red rodent was spotted athletically hurling himself between branches by photographer Philip Price.

Is it a bird? is it a plane? Nope, it is one of Scotland's finest red squirrels hurling himself through the sky like superman

And in many ways he looks like he may be off to rescue his own squirrel-version of Clark Kent's love interest Lois Lane, save people from a fire or prevent a train crash.

Although,he's probably just looking for something to eat.

The bushy tailed critter - which is native to the UK - is one of just 120,000 reds left in the wild.

It is estimated that 75 per cent of the red squirrel population reside in Scotland like this one.

But their numbers have been blighted by the introduction of the grey squirrel in Britain and also a lack of forests, which they used to thrive in.

Is that Lois Lane I hear screaming? The red rodent readies himself to jump spectacularly to another tree near Loch Awe

Getting his breath back: The squirrel stops for a bite to eat and to build up some energy before starting to fly off again in search of food or perhaps someone to save

Hungry work: Reds can live for up to 5 or 6 years in the wild - and feast on spruce and pine seeds, acorns, berries, fungi, bark and sap tissue in their bid to survive

Red squirrels are widespread in Europe, but have largely been replaced by the North American grey in England and Wales.

They can live for up to five or six years in the wild - and feast on spruce and pine seeds, acorns, berries, fungi, bark and sap tissue to give them energy for leaping all over the place.

In the autumn they store surplus food either just below the ground or in the gaps in tree trunks.

They have four fingers and an astonishing five toes - and can swim.

Beautiful: The Red Squirrel is a rare species in Britain and this photo captures its lovely red coloured body and bushy tail



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