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To celebrate the release of The Nut Job, in cinemas now, we are taking a look at some of wonderful woodland creatures we have in the UK.

The Nut Job introduces us to loads of great animals that live in the parks, cities and countryside of the United States.

Some of them you'll recognise - squirrels like Surly and Andie, as well as Mole, mice and rats, while others like Raccoon and the groundhogs The Bruisers don't live in the UK.

Here, we take a look at some of the coolest animals you can find around Britain...

Red Squirrel

The red squirrel is native to the UK and has sharp, curved claws to enable it to climb up and down broad tree trunks, thin branches and even house walls. They can also swim! Red squirrels used to be more common, but the introduction of the grey squirrel from the USA has seen its numbers dramatically drop and they’re now quite rare in the UK.  Their bright fur and tufty ears make them easy to tell apart!

 

Fox

Foxes are related to dogs, and are widespread across the UK as well as many other countries across the world.  They live in small family groups and are clever hunters , going after rabbits, mice and other small animals. Although normally shy of humans, there are also big populations of urban foxes that live in towns and cities, and scavenge for food by going through bins!

 

 

 

Badger

Badgers are nocturnal and take shelter underground, living in burrows called setts, which they can dig to be very extensive. They can be fierce and will protect themselves and their young at all costs.  They like to eat things like eggs, worms, and other grubs, as well as roots and fruit. They are from a family of animals called mustelids, which also includes honey badgers, wolverines and weasels

 

 

 

 

 

Wildcat

The wildcat looks a lot like a normal tabby cat, but has a more muscular body, with well-defined brown and black stripes and thick fur. They are very intelligent, fearless, patient, agile and powerful creatures. Wildcats are very rare now, and only live in in the West Highlands of Scotland. 

 

 

 

 

Hedgehog

Hedgehogs are easily recognisable by their spines, which are hollow stiff hairs. Hedgehogs are nocturnal, so you’re more likely to see them at night, but they are sometime active during the day. When they feel threatened, hedgehogs can curl themselves up into a ball to protect themselves. They’re also one of only three mammals in the UK that hibernate through winter.

 

 

Mole

Moles are small with velvety soft fur. They live underground so their eyesight is bad, but they have very sensitive noses and big strong clawed hands to dig through the ground. While it’s unusual to see an actual mole, you might see their molehills – these are small piles of earth created by the mole burrowing near the surface.  

 

 

 

Red Deer

The red deer is one of the largest deer species, and can be found all over the world. Only the stags (male) have antlers, which can grow up to a metre long! They live in Scotland, the Lake District and around the South West of England, as well as in large parks and rural areas scattered across England and Wales.

 

 

 

 

Pine Marten

The Pine Marten is about the size of a domestic cat. They live in wooded areas, mostly in Scotland, though there are small populations in England and Wales as well. They have semi retractable claws, which enables them to climb and run along tree branches, but also be quick on the ground. They are mainly active at night and dusk.

 

 

 

 

The Nut Job hits UK cinemas on the 1st August 2014 – be sure not to miss it!

 

 

 

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