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Last Updated: Friday April 08 2011 06:13 GMT

UK restaurant serves up squirrel

Grey squirrel

A Scottish restaurant has put a rodent on the menu... they're dishing up grey squirrel.

The owner of Spoon cafe bistro in Edinburgh thinks it's the "ultimate ethical food", because it's local and grey squirrels are culled anyway.

He said squirrel meat is free range, low fat and low on air miles so it "made sense".

Grey squirrels are being killed in Scotland to protect the native red squirrel.

The grey squirrel has sold out every day since it went on the menu on Friday.

But animal welfare charity, OneKind said it could encourage the mistreatment of wild animals.

The Scottish SPCA reckons it's fine as long as the squirrels are caught and killed humanely.