I didn’t imagine I’d get nearly 100 comments when I asked readers to name my baby squirrel. There were many good suggestions, and I’ve picked a name.
Or rather, I’ve given him two names. Reader Craig Gallagher suggested “Tufty”, after the squirrel in the videos below, while the linguistically inclined Diana MacPherson suggested “Jerry Eichcoynechen” (in Germany, the word for “squirrel” is “Eichhörnchen”). After due consideration, I’ve decided to give him both names: Tufty Eichcoynechen, or “Tufty E.” for short.
Tufty was not a gray squirrel, but a British red squirrel who featured in television lessons on traffic safety in the 1970s. All five Tufty episodes are on YouTube, and you can see the entire series by clicking on the screenshot below.
Don’t miss episode 2, in which Willie the Weasel doesn’t take his Mummy with him to the ice cream van, and suffers the dire consequences of his disobedience.
God bless the Brits!