Social status is above all else
for the European Red Squirrels.
They will avoid fights at all costs,
to avoid injuries and damages that
can directly impact their social status.
Like, a red squirrel without a tail
or a chipped ear, is as good as a lone wolf.
That squirrel will never find a partner and
will have a very hard time finding food and
even shelter, as it will have the absolute
last pickings, in any squirrel community.
They will often travel large distances
to find a squirrel free area,
where they can live by themselves.
On the opposite side of scale,
the alpha squirrel or alpha couple,
will have the biggest, brightest and
the most fluffy tails in a large area.
Around a mile to a mile and a half in diameter,
their nests being in the center.
They will also be the strongest and
the most agile squirrels in their area,
as speed and agility plays a huge role
to their alpha status.
Although the alpha male
doesn't involve himself in raising his children,
he does provide protection, shelters and food.
Alpha couples are typically together permanently,
unless one of them dies or loose their social status,
as described above.