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Is Southern-Fried Squirrel the Answer to KFC's Extraordinary Chicken Shortage?
The Guardian ^ | Morwenna Ferrier

Posted on 03/03/2018 9:37:24 PM PST by nickcarraway

Some people in Britain hate grey squirrels enough to devour them. With the UK’s biggest purveyor of fried chicken in crisis, perhaps we should be cooking up our furry feral friends

ne cold Sunday morning last month, I visited Pow Hill, a glorious moorland thick with pine trees that overlooks the Derwent reservoir, north-west of Durham. In a clearing, three amateur wildlife photographers, in full camouflage gear, sat on plastic bags and watched a red squirrel race across the bracken.

As I watched the little fella leap from log to tree, the sunlight dancing across its tail, naturally my thoughts turned to its grey cousin and what he would taste like, deep-fried, seasoned, with a little mayonnaise.

I didn’t realise how much people hate grey squirrels until I came to Pow Hill. They hate them because they blame them for the demise of the red squirrel. They hate them so much that they eat them. Still, squirrel is low in fat and low in air miles and the internet is full of recipes. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has been doing it in plain sight for years, and squirrel has long appeared on seasonal menus at the super-influential St John restaurant in London.

The whole red-versus-grey saga is rather sad. Greys were brought over here from the US by Cheshire banker Thomas Brocklehurst (who released a pair into the wild in 1876) and, for a while, they were all the rage in high society. But they eat bark voraciously and harbour squirrel parapoxvirus (harmless to humans) that doesn’t harm greys but kills reds

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: food; friedsquirrel; greysquirrels; invasivespecies; kfc; meat; parapoxvirus; redsquirrels; squirrel; squirrels; virus
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1 posted on 03/03/2018 9:37:24 PM PST by nickcarraway
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Chick-fil-A and even Popeye’s chicken beats the Colonel hands down.


2 posted on 03/03/2018 9:42:55 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (If the illegal immigration issue were Social Security, it'd be privatized by now.)
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With the UK’s biggest purveyor of fried chicken in crisis

Do they eat fried chicken in the UK?

3 posted on 03/03/2018 9:43:52 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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I’d go with Nutria!


4 posted on 03/03/2018 9:44:51 PM PST by Cowboy Bob ("Other People's Money" = The life blood of Liberalism)
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To: nickcarraway

The tasty tree rat
On a bed of rice...
Yummy!


5 posted on 03/03/2018 9:45:01 PM PST by Big Red Badger (UNSCANABLE in an IDIOCRACY!)
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How about they just sell NON-Halal Chicken....


6 posted on 03/03/2018 9:47:56 PM PST by GraceG ("It's better to have all the Right Enemies, than it is to have all the Wrong Friends.")
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We’ll tell them how to deal with the gray squirrel if they will tell us how to deal with those $#&*@#& starlings.


7 posted on 03/03/2018 9:51:12 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear ( Bunnies, bunnies, it must be bunnies!! Or maybe midgets....)
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Is Southern-Fried Squirrel the Answer to KFC's Extraordinary Chicken Shortage?

How about a bucket of Kentucki Fried Lizard Partes.

8 posted on 03/03/2018 9:55:07 PM PST by KarlInOhio (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own.)
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Posted before about my fellow Marines from the south that bragged about killing rats and selling them as squirrel in the darker parts of their small towns.

Dunno, but they are both rodents, so once in the stew...............

9 posted on 03/03/2018 9:57:04 PM PST by doorgunner69 (Give me the liberty to take care of my own security..........)
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Every year I have to spend a few weekends with my pellet rifle plinking the new herd of squirrels seeking new turf / trees. They eat all my fruit, berries, tomatoes, and figs. Not to mention attic damage.


10 posted on 03/03/2018 9:59:42 PM PST by blackdog
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I am amazed that KFC is that popular in the UK!


11 posted on 03/03/2018 10:00:07 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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12 posted on 03/03/2018 10:18:31 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a Simple Manner for a Happy Life :o)
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Popeye’s? No, no, and NO! I only ate their once to learn never to do it again. That is not fried chicken, it is fried plaster served over chicken. Tasteless and reminiscent of eating fried cardboard, surely you are mistaken. Don’t take this too hard.


13 posted on 03/03/2018 10:20:07 PM PST by Fungi
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14 posted on 03/03/2018 10:23:18 PM PST by Pray All Day ("Pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
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To: nickcarraway

Nothing the matter with good squirrel if cooked right.


15 posted on 03/03/2018 10:24:10 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Wisdom and education are different things. Don't confuse them.)
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So cute! At the risk of boring people, these are my squirrel FRiends. The first I think is a gray hybrid, think I saw a pair of smaller less interbred last year. It's name I hope will come to me; it had to do with the kink in its tail IIRC. Taken in April 2003.

Squirrel

The next is what I think is a red squirrel, not sure, a little less pure. I had one with a more golden tail and named it Goldie. Our red squirrels have disappeared now the last few years haven't seen any at all. Taken September 2006.

Squirrel2

And the last one for tonight is an example of be careful what you wish for. I made friends with many of them, some get more trusting than others. I had wished I could teach this little black one to knock on the door. This is as close as I got but it sure got my attention. I named it Flag because it had a white tip on it's tail. I either eventually lose them in the street or they disappear. Taken May 2003.

Flag on Door

I would never purposely hurt or knowingly eat one.

16 posted on 03/03/2018 10:30:31 PM PST by Aliska
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Grey squirrel legs would be bigger than KFC chicken legs, that’s for sure.


17 posted on 03/03/2018 10:37:14 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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I used to have a great big tomcat that was an ace squirrel hunter. He ignored birds and so on but loved killing, skinning and eating those things. He’d start eating them at the head and just roll that skin back as he went. I’d find the inside-out squirrel hides all over the yard when he found the pickings easy- but when the population was down he’d eat the skin, too.


18 posted on 03/03/2018 10:42:15 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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I'd hit that! As a matter of fact, I have many times when I was young.

My first thought is that it is better than Jonathan Swift's Modest Proposal.

19 posted on 03/03/2018 10:45:18 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken)
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I would never purposely hurt or knowingly eat one.

Would you eat a rabbit?

20 posted on 03/03/2018 10:48:43 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken)
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