|Alphie (the alpha squirrel) and Bettie (the beta squirrel)|
|orange tree nest|
But even more interesting, there seem to be two mommies!
Meet Mew Mew
I had been feeding a small black squirrel along with the brown one that I've already introduced here as the Mommy Squirrel of this orange tree brood. I thought it was a junior male, but yesterday I found out that it too is a nursing mother.
When she came up on the bench to get fed, she issued the most heart-rending cry. I did a double-take -- this squirrel was mewing like a kitten! At first I couldn't believe it was coming from the squirrel, and thought maybe there was a cat in the vicinity. But then a nearby squirrel chimed in and began mimicking her. It was absolutely amazing to hear the two of them mewing! (don't blame me, I'm a squirrel nut - things like this turn me on).
Squirrels have an entire soundscape in their repertoire, much of which is rarely heard, since they do not often seem impelled to vocalize. Like hearing a tree fall in a forest, one has to be in the right place at the right time to get treated to squirrel talk.
A boy and his grandmother meet Mew Mew.