Squirrels in the UK – level 2

28-02-2017 07:00

The red squirrel is native to the UK, but its numbers are declining. The grey squirrel, which came from North America 150 years ago, outcompetes the red squirrel. It is bigger and it carries a deadly virus.

There are only 140,000 red squirrels in the UK. People decide to help them. The plan is to change the way the bodies work in the grey squirrels, so they will not have babies. If people do nothing, the red squirrels will die out within a generation.

Difficult words: native (an animal which is originally from a region, not moved there by people), decline (go down), outcompete (be better in living and having babies).

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