Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Baby Squirrel Rescue

A heart-warming story from our friends in Florida

Got out to the farm, went to feed the goats and horse. I hear a baby squirrel calling for mom. I listened and had it narrowed down to one of two trees. Went to get Will and he came and listened. He told me which tree. We found the drey up at the top of the tree. I am standing there trying to figure out how I am going to get to them. I waited a few minutes and kept hearing them call. I looked around on the ground just in case.

I see a tail on the tree. A little girl squirrel (about 6 1/2 weeks old) let me pick her right up. She cuddled into my chest as I held her. I took her inside and get her some formula, put her into a Nutriberry bucket (all I had at the time) and went back out to listen. Just as I get to the tree, a loud thunderclap and the sky opened up. I could hear more babies so I was trying to figure out what to do while I was standing there getting soaked.

Next thing I know another little girl comes down the tree. She is smaller but the same age. She ran a bit from me but as soon as I picked her up she was fine. Stood there another minute and a little boy squirrel crawls down onto my foot. I picked him up and decided I would go inside with them as we were getting drenched. Got them some formula and put them with their sister (after getting them dried off a bit).

Went back out several more times after it stopped raining and didn't hear any more yelling. No more movement so I guess that was the litter. I am assuming mom get caught by one of the hawks out there. I found it absolutely amazing though that all three of them came down that tree directly to me and let me pick them up without any argument.

I am calling these three the miracle triplets. I can't figure out why they would come down to me from such a high drey and just let me pick them up. They are all doing well, eating great and nibbling on their squirrel trail mix I make. Karen

The Miracle Triplets

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