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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2009, 10:30:02 PM »
Gaz had no idea...he is now here actually he is now with Peter waching the Salmon hatching. Anyhow will psot a shot later of the little one in my studio.
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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2009, 11:56:34 PM »
Sadly my view on squirrels changed when some got into the loft of a previous house I lived in.

Fortunately I found out before they had done any serious damage, or killed themselves!

My going up into the loft and shining a bright light at them was enough to persuade them to leave, I then partially blocked the gaps, and more importantly cut back the tree branches which went close to the house.

Once they were clear I had a better look - lighting cables had been chewed through to copper in several places, fortunately the relevant lights were off, so the cables were not live, and I was able to easily replace them, and the soiled insulation they had started to nest in!

They seem a whole lot less cute after that (these were, of course, grey squirrels; red squirrels are still cute :-)

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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2009, 01:54:26 AM »


Update: now we have found the other one as well and are sitting on two...
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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2009, 01:59:18 AM »
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

Oh oh! Trouble in Lotus land Stef. You can expect their offspring to appear by about Sunday! :P :D

They are seriously cute though. ;)

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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2009, 02:37:01 AM »
Well as far as I can tell they are both boys...
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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2009, 03:55:14 AM »
Without squirrel parents who is going to take the sex education classes for them?
Our only experience of squirrels was our three months in England but if they are anything like possums they are cute to look at but serious pests in the roof space.
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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #21 on: September 10, 2009, 04:12:20 AM »
Well as far as I can tell they are both boys...

That's what THEY told you ... ;) :P

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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #22 on: September 10, 2009, 05:35:28 PM »
They are very cute indeed.


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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #23 on: September 10, 2009, 05:45:59 PM »
Unbelievably cute. I think you may have to keep them forever now. They will get quite habituated living with you now and as they're young you may never be able to set them free. It can be dangerous for "wild" squirrels to loose their natural fear of humans. This one is a keeper... I'd keep em!

Either way the last image you post is simply stunning!

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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #24 on: September 12, 2009, 05:32:09 PM »


Above are the two of them- just a quick snapshot. We have actually found a third one in the garden but are not sure it is of the same family as it has a different colour. We left him out there as he seems to have survived so far. We give him some nuts and baby food out of a syringe. Anyhow "our" two are doing well and we leave them during daytime outside in the garden completely free so they can run around. Usually they come back every so often for some re-assurance and a little cuddle. I hope that eventually they will just go their own way. We saw them interacting with the third squirrel yesterday and there seemed to be no problem.
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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #25 on: September 12, 2009, 08:52:47 PM »
Really nice to see these, and hear a little more about the little guys. The third one could quite well be in the same family, the colouring is inherited but not absolute, just like hair colour so a single family can have different hair colours. The black variant is much more Common in canada than in the US but they are the same species. Great that you can keep them out so often. Genreally at that age they keep within a couple of meters of the drey, often going back to consult the mum. After another month or so they should be able to find most of their own food for them selves, but as winter is comming they could probably do with a bit of help fattening up, hopefully they will come back to you. Do you know how they will hibinate or if their mother usually helps them out with finding a home etc? I am sure you have already looked it up, there are a bunch of squirel care sheets on the net like this http://www.orphanedwildlifecare.com/ but not much on hibination and canada temperatures.

Please keep the installments comming, the whole family is following the saga :).

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P.S the link referes to red squirels are red, they are not always, sometimes like yours they are black/brown/black and white/brown and white/red and white/red and tan, so take their difinitions advice with a pinch of salt...
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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #26 on: September 12, 2009, 10:13:26 PM »
Thanks Tim for the link. I think they will not have any problems adjusting outside. As said - at the beginning they camer back every couple of minutes just to check that we would not leave them alone. Yesterday afternoon though they were gone for about two hours and once it got dark they were sitting on our front porch waiting for us. Today they have now been gone for almost four hours- checkin twice on us but we have not seen them at least for now two hours. Let's see what happens later on... hopefully they find their way back to us or perhaps they are already ready to stay outside???
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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #27 on: September 12, 2009, 11:54:46 PM »
That last one is a terrific shot...if the foreplay gets any hotter you will have to put a warning on the post !!...john
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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #28 on: September 13, 2009, 03:58:46 AM »
Stef – those little guys are arch manipulators.

We raised a young orphan and weaned him from the bottle to a wonderful variety of food.  They are born survivors and will win your hearts and souls. After some 2 years we still talk about our squirrel as if he were part of the family. I only have to say his name and Mr Wildy goes misty at the memory!

I spent ages researching how to feed the little mite and how to reintroduce him to the wild without endangering our native red squirrel. There’s a big movement here to eradicate grey squirrels like yours (which is the black variant) as they belong in North America (Carolina) and not here.
Your black variants are a renewed threat here as well as the greys and are labelled as Squirrel Enemy Number One as it is rumoured they are even cuter (and therefore more dangerous) than usual. 

I’ve loved reading all this and looking at the pictures – I’ve been offline for a while (grrr during IP transfer) and it’s good to hear a heart warming and amusing story on my return.

You must tell us how Gazzer behaves himself. I hope the little (? )bu..er is enjoying his bachelor advantages to the full extent whilst he takes full advantage of free board and lodgings!

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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #29 on: September 13, 2009, 06:01:37 AM »
I don't come here very often, fortunate enough I read this story and I kept coming back to see any updates. I am so glad they are doing great, hope they can go back to their normal lives without much problem, but I am sure you will miss them. They are just so cute.