“Overfed” squirrels at China tourist spot


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“Over-fed” squirrels at China tourist spot

1 December 2016 Last updated at 06:36 GMT

Pictures of chubby squirrels reaching eagerly for food at have been trending on Chinese social media this week.

The first pictures emerged from West Lake, a major tourist spot in Hangzhou.

But the story also made it to mainstream media, with warnings to tourists over-feeding the animals could affect their reproductive capacity, and their ability to hide as prey.

Video produced by Jilla Dastmalchi and Kerry Allen