A red squirrel which shot to fame earlier this week when it became trapped inside the Pitlochry branch of Greggs bakery, has swapped its lock-in lifestyle to trip the light fantastic when it was successfully released into The Enchanted Forest late last night.
The cheeky wee scamp brought the Atholl Road bakery to a close on Sunday, prompting staff to call experts to mount a rescue mission for the cookie crunching rascal.
After successfully capturing the animal, which ran rampant in the shop for two days, it was successfully released back into the wilds of Faskally Wood on the banks of Loch Dunmore late on Tuesday evening, where final preparations were being made for the return of Scotland’s favourite sound and light show, The Enchanted Forest, which will open to the public this Thursday.
The red-haired rodent will now be scurrying about one of the country’s most spectacular sound and light shows as it makes its long-awaited return following the pandemic. This year’s show marks the 20th anniversary of the trailblazing event, which was founded in 2002.
Earlier in the day, helpful locals had updated a poster on Forestry and Land Scotland’s official noticeboards at Faskally Wood, from the charity Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels, asking customers to report sightings of the protected species. The poster asks visitors “Have you seen these squirrels?” to which someone has helpfully added the answer “Greggs?”.
Tricia Fox, marketing manager of The Enchanted Forest, said:
“We’re delighted that the Greggs Squirrel has been able to join us for the launch of this year’s event and that his new home will be The Enchanted Forest. We’ve had celebrities attend the show in the past but none quite so famous as this little chap. Faskally Wood offers him 365 hectares of woodlands to explore, 25 recorded species of trees and, of course, the magnificent Loch Dunmore on which our main light show takes place. You could say they couldn’t have dun-more for the little guy!”
Tickets are still available for this year’s event. To book, or to find out more information, please visit: www.enchantedforest.org.uk