It's just another day at historic estate as wildlife make the most of chilly weather
Red squirrels and otters enjoyed a rare covering of snow at a Devon visitor attraction.
Escot House at Ottery St Mary is home to eight native red squirrels and a family of six otters – two parents and their offspring.
They all welcomed the blanket of snow that first arrived on Friday morning.
John-Michael Kennaway, owner of the estate, said: “Our red squirrels are native mammals who are very tame and used to people. Our visitors don’t have to look at them through a wire as we have the second only walk-through open enclosure in the country. It’s a three-quarters-of-an-acre free and open space.
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“Likewise our otters are extremely popular and playful. We feed them twice a day in front of the public.
“Both species were not at all perturbed by the snow. They are well adapted to the cold climate and love the snow.
“We don’t just have animals like wild boars, birds of prey and doormice for the sake of it. “We promote native British flora and fauna. Our conservation projects are focused on two specific areas: the protection of the natural habitat and the restoration to the estate of species. That is a message we carefully explain to our visitors.”