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Sad story with happy ending- hopefully- update
« on: September 09, 2009, 04:00:47 AM »
A couple of days back it made a loud "thumb" and a little baby squirrel landed on my front porch. We assumed the mother would be nearby and left the little squirrel alone. After some time seeing the little squirrel hopping around on his own we even assume he was thrown out of the nest for some reason. Anyhow the next day- my family and I were happy as we saw two little baby squirrels hopping around and then the next day even three- until today we found one dead on the front porch. Next to the dead squirrel we saw one little squirrel looking lost. My daughter (12 yes old) decided to finally pick the little one up (we did not allow here the days before...) and well now we have it in the house...in a little box...and I having to feed him every two hours...
Now we are in search of his little brother/sister as we are sure that the mother is not around anymore (we have been watching the little ones for a couple of days and no mother in sight- the baby squirrel that we took in was also very hungry)
Here is a picture of one of the squirrels before rescue:


I just hope it will all work out as most of you know my knowledge about wildlife is more or less zero...(I googled the whole thing though and went to the pharmacy...)
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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2009, 04:09:48 AM »
Lucky little squirrel having you and your daughter there. I see he or she is already earning his keep, being a model. :) Lovely picture.
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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2009, 04:10:47 AM »
Pretty amazing, would be nice if this one can become tame so you can continue having it running around the house. They can get very close to human beings, in London parks they eat from your hand so by feeding it, it will certainly have the feeling that you are the caretaker.

Very nice shot indeed by the way, one that deserves a frame on the wall!

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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2009, 04:14:34 AM »
Way to go Stef.

I believe your daughter has it well in hand with her heart in the right place and with lots of love and care you little family addition will be back out in the trees eating nuts sooner that you think.

Please tell your daughter well done for believing in doing what is right for all living things.

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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2009, 04:21:12 AM »
Should be lots of good opportunities for you to practice your wildlife shots Stef...look forward to seeing more...john
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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2009, 05:55:05 AM »
Should be lots of good opportunities for you to practice your wildlife shots Stef...look forward to seeing more...john
LOL! I have Garry (Gazraa) here tomorrow- let's see what he can do with the little fellow in my studio... until then I guess every two hours feeding...and I DID raise already three children with sleepless nights. Squirrrel is at the moment in our livingroom on my daughters lap watching a movie...will keep you updated.
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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2009, 06:48:11 AM »
Wow, that is soo cute. I have always wanted a squirel, and a red one, they look like they have better personalities as pets.

You should be warned they are supposed to be about the most unsuitable pet there is, apparently they chew through everything, which can be not just bad for the house but also their own health, plastic is not good for their tummies and when it contains a houshold voltage copper core it can be instantly fatal.

You should probably ring the vet to ask what you should check for, flees of course but possibly other communicable diseases, rabies?

I think i have read two books on peoples experiences with them, but so long ago, if i remember the titles i will let you have them.

You are very brave indeed, sorry to say how hard it could be looking after them, but I also envy you and your daughter very much indeed :). I hope we see some more shots, my daughter is going mad over this one. I would love to be there right now and see the little critter, so say hi to Gaz too.

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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2009, 07:16:57 AM »
HAhaha, the squirrel is watching a movie, great.
Nice picture

When does it start to ride a bicycle??

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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2009, 01:52:50 PM »
Ten of ten for cuteness Stef. ;)

Methinks tpe is correct. Hope you don't have two: one ♂ and one ♀. They reach puberty at 12.47 days and have a gestation period of between 17 and 19 minutes. :P :D

Stef., yer house could be a new squirrel colony and destroyed in three days. Okay .. we are just kiddin' with you. But ...  be careful. You don't want it escaping into the rafters.

It really IS very very cute. Nice picture.

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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2009, 06:26:27 PM »
Update on squirrel: it DID survive the night eventhough I had decided to not feed it between midnight and 6am. (Haven't done so with my kids either :mrgreen:) I actually think than the dead squirrel was the mother...unfortunately I did not check for size but made my daughter dispose of it... the baby squirrel that we have now is seriously sweet! We have him running around the kids media room where there is a carpet and it comes every couple of minutes back to check on us. You call him and he comes running...really sweet. I have tell my daughter though that one day in the not too far future we will have to release him - I will NOT tolerate an adult squirrel in the house. Yes I am aware that we might have a colony next year particularly as the nest was right udner our roof- but Peter (my beloved husband) will try to cover up all possible holes for next spring. We have given the little squirrel a bath yesterday to get rid of all possible flees adn will do so again today. I am a bit fatalistic in the sense that either it survives the baby food that we give him or not. I don't think that they are carrying rabbies as if they would do so there would be a warning everywhere to stay away from them. As far as I know rabbies don't exist anymore in most countries??? Will wait for Garry today and see what he says...
Anyhow will update you later with some hopefully cute pictures.
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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2009, 06:41:13 PM »
I will NOT tolerate an adult squirrel in the house

Good idea... you could be in for a surprise when you see how much they can grow:



Sorry, couldn't resist!

On a more serious note though, that is a wonderful picture you have taken! Really like it. :)


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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2009, 06:42:30 PM »
LOL! So funny the last image Mister V22- you made my day!
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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2009, 06:44:09 PM »
glad to hear it stef. btw if i was allowed i would definatly keep it too. appart from their chewing antiks they are supposed to be very tamable and fun pets. i really must try and find out what the books were for you. i am sure that the whole family will come to cherish him/her(?) and hope that it sets up it eventually sets up its home in a near by tree, so you get early grandchildren :). btw it may be a good idea to start training it to chew something acceptable as soon as possible before it gets loose on things it is not supposed to chew

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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2009, 09:29:56 PM »
Permission to say "awwwwwww"  great story (but sad) and a terrific photo,think I would find it hard to let him / her go.

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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2009, 09:53:56 PM »
Great story, but id be worried about it chewing the house to pieces.
Perhaps gazzra will have some idea of what to do with it ???


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