Like other Beatrix Potter characters, Squirrel Nutkin is mischievous and downright rude. Unlike his "great many cousins," Potter writes, Nutkin shows no respect to an owl named Old Brown and ends up losing half his tail as a result.
But Squirrel Nutkin, whose cautionary tale of impertinence (and maybe working-class rebellion) was published in 1903, nonetheless endeared generations of Brits to the reddish rodents native to their island nation. It helps that the animals are impossibly cut
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