In her day, English cultural phenomenon Beatrix Potter had already written about thatotherfamous inhabitant of England: the red squirrel. In the year 2008, this rodent has become an endangered species endangered by invaders. The originally American grey squirrel is progressively ousting its red English cousin. Paul is a diehard red squirrel fan who drives a van with "Wanted: Red & Alive" printed on the side. He has made it his mission to eliminate grey squirrels and get the red variety to nature reserves. In Paul's mind, "You never forget the sight of a red one, once you've seen one. Those are mystical things". The trouble started when the British first introduced the grey squirrel from America in 1876. While the red squirrel is vulnerable to smallpox, its grey counterpart is immune because of an innate antivirus. What's more, the grey squirrel carries the smallpox virus, so it can do its red cousin in. This is why the British do their best to get rid of the grey monster. For example, they discovered that the grey squirrel is a wonderful ingredient in exquisite dishes. Meanwhile, volunteers lovingly take in the red species, the red squirrel gets a ton of publicity, and Lord Rupert, chairman of the Red Squirrel Protector Partnership, provides a forest where this animal can live a protected life.
Nick Berger for Pinecone Films