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
P.S. Pics to follow