NAME: Natalia Doran, Founder of Urban Squirrels
TLG: How did you become interested in Grey Squirrels?
ND: My son has autism and needs care and to be around animals. The squirrels were available and they are seen by many as a sort of half house between pet and wild
TLG: Tell me about your Urban Squirrels
ND: It’s a squirrel rescue centre, open for urban squirrels that are hurt in some way
TLG: What is the largest threat to urban grey squirrels, as you see it?
ND: Without a doubt, it is human persecution. The royal parks set out traps, although they bring in money from tourism.
TLG: What do you think of pet squirrels?
ND: A squirrel should be wild. Unless there is some reason why it cannot be in the wild, like if it fell down and got a head injury, or it only has three legs for example - then it can be a pet. It is hard work having a squirrel pet, although which pet is not hard work?
TLG: Do you know of someone with a pet squirrel?
ND: Yes many. Although, it did become illegal after the year 2016 to have a pet squirrel. So suddenly all the pet squirrels became just a little older hehe