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The creature was noticed on the Isle of Seil in Argyll, 100 miles from the closest identified greys.

Classed as an invasive species, gray squirrels pose one of many largest risks to the native reds.

Katie Berry, of Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels, stated: “Grey squirrels are an invasive, non-native species. They out-compete red squirrels for food and habitat.

As a result, they have replaced red squirrels across the majority of England and Wales over the last 150 years or so.

“Grey squirrels can also carry the squirrel pox virus, which doesn’t affect them, but is deadly to red squirrels.”

Scotland is residence to 75% of the UK’s pink squirrel inhabitants. Katie added: “The grey squirrel sighting on Seil is very unusual. It’s in an area that is home to red squirrels only.

“Seil is an almost impossible location for a grey squirrel to be in. We cannot say for sure how it got there. Potentially, it may have got up via some sort of transport.”