It’s the week we wait all year for: #RedSquirrelWeek!
From September 26 to October 4, The Wildlife Trusts are celebrating these increasingly rare little creatures with Red Squirrel Week, a week-long event that hopes to raise awareness about the rapidly decreasing population of red squirrels.
Getting in on the action is Prince Charles, who is patron of the Red Squirrel Survival Trust.
In honor of Red Squirrel Week, Clarence House released a clip of Prince Charles “meeting” one of the squirrels while in Scotland – where more than 75 percent of the U.K.’s red squirrel population lives today.
“So funny, these creatures, they really do make my laugh,” Charles, who was credited earlier in the week with helping to inspire a prototype for mud-free boots, says in the clip. “They’re very naughty. It’s like people collecting strawberries or raspberries. They always stop to have one or two.”
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The clip is part of the BBC documentary The Passionate Prince.
In the past 60 years, the number of red squirrels in the United Kingdom has dropped dramatically: From 3.5 million in the 1950s to just 120,000 today.
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