Red squirrels go nuts for the camera (photo)

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Undated handout photo issued by Peter Smith of a pair of red squirrels in Formby, Merseyside looking at a camera. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday February 5, 2014. Peter was taking pictures of red squirrels to add to his portfolio of wildlife shots. He left the camera for a couple of minutes before this pair moved in to have a look. See PA story ANIMALS Squirrels. Photo credit should read: Peter Smith/PA Wire  NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A pair of red squirrels went nuts for the camera when they stole the spotlight during a photography shoot.
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The cheeky creatures moved in when Peter Smith left his camera alone for a moment - with one of the squirrels clearly showing a preference for being on the other side of the lens. Source: PA.

Photography teacher Mr Smith was taking the pictures in Formby, Merseyside, to add to his portfolio of wildlife shots.

Alan Wright, of the Wildlife Trust, said it was good to draw attention to the plight of the red squirrel, which has been in serious decline in Britain since the introduction of the grey squirrel as they compete for food and habitat.

He added: "We have a stronghold of these mammals on the Sefton Coast where they are showing signs of recovery after losing large numbers to a deadly virus.

"The exciting news is that this native squirrel is battling back and now spreading eastwards into areas of West Lancashire and Greater Manchester."

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