I pray that this is not what happened to Pinky! While he already had an exceptional personality, he may not have been big enough or strong enough or fast enough yet to contend with a cat (that can also climb trees).
Pinky was not shy like most baby squirrels. One time when he hadn't seen me for a while he came running over and jumped up on my bag, clinging to it for dear life! He'd also jump up on the bench to be fed, which was unusual behavior for a baby squirrel. He might have learned that from Spunky. Marc, our squirrel trainer friend, says babies learn by mimicking what they observe their mothers doing. And Spunky loves sitting on the bench with me. I'm pretty sure he's one of her babies. Like mother, like squirrel.
I think Pinky and Black Patch came from the same nest environment. Here is
Black Patch a month ago.
June 3 - Black Patch
July 4 - Black Patch
Today he is almost totally healed, with a small barely visible patch on his back which you can't even see in these pictures.
June 14 - Pinky
But you can see that his sibling Pinky got hit worse with the malady that displays as hair loss. It is most likely mange, which is caused by a tiny mite that inhabits the nest. We often see this in the babies around here, and their immune systems are usually quickly able to overcome it. That's one of the reasons why we pay special attention to their nutritional needs, making sure that they get fed, in spite of ever-present interference from competitive larger squirrels around them.
Pinky Eating a Cherry
June 19 - Pinky
He may not have been the "prettiest" squirrel but he certainly was the cutest. And he had a great personality, just like his mother. I hope I see Pinky again.
August 2 - I saw Pinky today!
I'd swear this is Pinky's face. What do you think?
|minus the pink|