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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #30 on: September 13, 2009, 10:28:35 AM »
Amazing story and pictures!! Thanks so much for sharing :) Hope the little tykes make it back into the wild :)
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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #31 on: September 13, 2009, 05:37:10 PM »
I will put some more images up today.
Update from yesterday: we let them out sometime in the later morning and my daughter got very worried as they were completely gone for the whole day- not once coming back for any kind of reassurance. We got seriously worried as we have a new suspicion since a couple of days...we have new neighbours and we suspect they might have put some rat killer poison out which might have killed the mother of "our" babies. I did not tell my daughter anything about my hubby's suspicion but this kind of poison is allowed and regularly used by people here in Vancouver. SO my daughter was worried that a bird came and took them- we have quite a few eagles here...
Anyhow- long story short: we went outside regularly calling them but they did not turn up :( BUT than finally before it got dark, we called them again and out they came. They were very hungry and wanted to come inside. The sleep the night after having a bit of playtime in the kids TV room and we will let them out again today. I hope that soon they do not want to come back and want to stay somewhere out there.

Pat- we don't have any red squirrels here and I know some people do call them cute rats. Nevertheless as a mother I do not have any options. It would break my daughters/family's heart if I would not try my best to raise those little ones to be able to survive outside. I am fully aware that they can be a real nuisance and I do have second/third/fourth...feelings about the sense or nonsense of the whole raising thing...but than it is not their fault that they are born a squirrel. Just imagine I would be a Buddhist (I am not) ...I might be reborn as a squirrel ;)

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Sad story with happy ending- hopefully- new pics
« Reply #32 on: September 13, 2009, 08:26:20 PM »
As promised :P



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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #33 on: September 13, 2009, 08:34:24 PM »

Great story Stef.  Been following this the last since you posted - but the first time I'd seen the photos.

It's Sunday today (meaning Monday tomorrow), and the pictures have put a smile on my face.

So, a BIG thanks for sharing!
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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #34 on: September 14, 2009, 05:38:34 PM »
Last night we tried to get the squirrels back in from a whole day outside but they were nowhere to be seen :( This morning though they were waiting for us outside...hungry and exhausted from their day in the wilderness. Brought them back in- fed them- now they are sleeping and later on it is back out again!
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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #35 on: September 14, 2009, 08:59:37 PM »
So cute. Well done for being there temporary mum. Lovely pics.

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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #36 on: September 14, 2009, 10:33:02 PM »
Just imagine I would be a Buddhist (I am not) ...I might be reborn as a squirrel ;)

I'd be fairly happy to be reborn as something that cute!

Fair play for looking after them and I think you're going about it the right way. Don't try to make them captive animals or pets but provide them with some food and shelter to help them through this period. Let them come and go, particularly during the day. Make you daughter understand that it's a good thing when/if they don't come back because they've been able to live independently without your assistance and that should be your goal (and with a little bit of luck you'll be able to maintain this story regardless of their actual fate). You're lucky to have a daughter (and should be proud) that cares about animals when other kids would be chasing them with bats or shooting at them (it happens).

Oh, and what good fortune to have such pretty models turn up for a photography session each night ;-)
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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #37 on: September 15, 2009, 07:53:38 PM »
Want Them!!  Want Them!!!

They're even cuter than the grey version.
I reckon I'm a Buddhist too - I can't even kill insects!  I agree with you on the grey situation here - it was man's mistake to introduce them and I feel it's now too late to turn back the clock.
If they're like our little Spodge was he slept all night and woke when it came light. Then he slept in the afternoon and woke up early evening while it was still light. They're diurnal. Sort of twice a day creatures ;)
  They must be finding somewhere to have a kip outside and are still coming back to you as a bolt hole and easy food - these fellows are very intelligent!

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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully
« Reply #38 on: September 18, 2009, 12:55:29 AM »
Well the two are doing well. They are now permanently outside but do come to get a little cuddle and more importantly some food. Usually they are on our front porch in the morning when we get up and come wehn they see us in the garden.



Here you can see one watching me from the tree while I was taking some pics for thins month's challenge.


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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully- update
« Reply #39 on: September 18, 2009, 04:32:49 AM »
Terrific shots Stef and good to hear that they seem to be able to mostly look after themselves...john
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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully- update
« Reply #40 on: September 18, 2009, 06:31:01 AM »
More great shots and, as John said, it's good to hear that they are fending for themselves much more now.

You're very lucky to have experienced them and tey are lucky to have had such good Samaritans as you and your family.

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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully- update
« Reply #41 on: September 18, 2009, 12:40:41 PM »
I nominate you for wildlife photographer of the year total ahhh factor and they seem to be enjoying your company as much as you enjoy theirs love all the shots

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« Reply #42 on: September 18, 2009, 02:55:08 PM »
I nominate you for wildlife photographer of the year total ahhh factor and they seem to be enjoying your company as much as you enjoy theirs love all the shots

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Re: Sad story with happy ending- hopefully- update
« Reply #43 on: September 18, 2009, 05:26:37 PM »
I nominate you for wildlife photographer of the year total ahhh factor and they seem to be enjoying your company as much as you enjoy theirs love all the shots

John

Seconded!! LOL LOL

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LOL! I guess I have as much in common with a wildlife photographer as a ballet dancer with a wrestler! I am already proud when i can distinguish a squirrel from a mouse...
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