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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:44 am 
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Hi! I thought this would be a good place and time to introduce everyone to the two little girls who've got my heart in a big, big way!

They are two eastern gray squirrels I rescued three weeks apart in the summer of 2013 and have be raising them ever since. Hermione is the older one and she came to me at three weeks of age after having been shoved from her nest onto the back deck of my previous job. It was getting dark and my last day there and the mother hadn't come for her so I decided to do something and the little girl went home with me. Here are a few cute pictures of Hermione from her infancy....
Just a little warning, this post is gonna be very picture-heavy!

Very first picture! Looks like a little bulldog!
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Sleepy...
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Big yaaaawn!
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First toy! It was later chewed up.
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More hair and sleeping against her first toy.
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Even more hair and sleeping on a blue blanket this time.
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One of my favorite baby pictures of Hermione. We thought she was going to be a red squirrel at the time due to her coloring.
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The stuffed toy makes a great pillow!
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This was Hermione's first cage. It had a reptile heating pad stuck to the one side on the bottom so she could keep warm but crawl away if she got too warm. Baby squirrels can't generate their own body heat so they need an outside source to stay warm. A baby squirrel with scant hair should feel toasty. Probably a few degrees higher than a human's normal body temp.
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Sleeping in Mom's hand...
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Hermione's first bonding pouch. Hand made from the toe of a fuzzy sock and some plastic lanyard. Wore it around my neck with Hermione asleep in it next to my heart.
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Asleep in the bonding pouch on top of my purse.
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Hermione's eyes opened on this day! My boyfriend, who was taking care of her for me while I was at work, snapped this picture for me.
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Hermione, scrawny little thing, having a little something to eat. It's Fox Valley formula for baby squirrels in case you're wondering.
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Being weighed...
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Inside her second bonding pouch. A store bought one this time.
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Look, Ma! I can lift my tail up!
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First solid food! A rodent block! Mmm!
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Telling Mommy a secret? "Pst! Buy more yummy rodent blocks!"
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Cuddling with Mom.
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Sleeping in one of Mom's slippers. Cozy!
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I love my mommy!
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Hermione showing off how much her tail fluff had grown! And look! Out exploring!
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First time drinking water from the hanging water bottle on her own!
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Toys! = Fun!
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Lots of tail fluff!
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Even bigger, but still just a handful!
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Playing in my niece's bedroom with her Barbie toys.
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Omg this is so good! You have no idea!
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About three weeks later I was contacted by a friend who in turn was contacted by someone else saying that they had a baby squirrel whose family had been harmlessly killed by teenagers with BB guns and the baby in custody had been trapped in a high nest without care for over five days. It was a miracle it even survived at all. They had to wait until it could crawl to the edge and fall or lay up there and die. The little thing chose the former and fell out of the nest with a lone sibling who sadly did not survive the fall. The live squirrel was brought to me in a hurry and between my friend and myself we conducted the first crucial 24 hours emergency care on the newcomer. We discovered that it was female and, keeping with the Harry Potter theme, named her Ginny. Here is Ginny's very first picture ever:

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Ginny was approximately 4-5 weeks old when she came to me. Her eyes were barely starting to open. In spite of being half-starved and dying of dehydration, covered in fleas and lethargic with a less than 30% chance of survival, she was tenacious and strong. She fought hard to make it.

We introduced her to Hermione, who's three weeks older, and they bonded immediately.

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Ginny was never far behind her new big sis!
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They even slept cuddled together... and still do!
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They loved crawling on Mom!
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Especially in her hair!
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Hermione had a little accident and jumped off Mom's shoulder into a wall! Hurt her little nose! Ouch!
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Hermione mostly all grown up with a full fluffy tail!
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Ginny almost all grown up with her fluffy tail!
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Their first big cage! I'm not sure why the image is sideways!
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The girls hanging out together
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Their second, even bigger cage! It's the one they current have.
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Hermione still looks after her baby sister.
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Ginny thinks she should have that stuffed acorn!
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Hermione enjoying some attention from Mom.
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This is the reason they now have two water bottles!
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Hermione and Ginny's first Christmas!
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And these last pictures were taken just this week! By the way, Hermione turned a year old in July and Ginny this month; August! We made it through the year! Here's to many more! ^__^
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Hermione with a treat!
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Ginny sitting on Mom's head, which is a preferred seat. Lol!
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Ginny says look how big I am now!
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Kiss from Mom at bedtime!
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At the end of the day, it's cuddle time!
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Well, I hope you all enjoyed meeting my two sweet girls. I'll tell you a little about each of their personalities now; Hermione is sweet, gentle and curious. She only bites if she's trying to play or if you are trying to take something bad away from her. Like the time she got ahold of a Hershey's kiss and bit my finger as I was trying to take it from her! She's not much for roughhousing but likes to explore and, when tired will either lay on top of the cage or my head. She really likes jumping from the cage roof to my hands.

Ginny is, in spite of being younger, the boss between the two. She is often bossy and will squeak and growl at Hermione to get her to move over or something. They will bicker in their sleeping pouch at night while getting comfortable. Ginny loves to run around fast, bounce around and wrestle with a few stuffed animals. Her play bites can leave a mark and if you do something she doesn't approve of, like clean her cage out after she's hidden food in there, she will let you know in no ambiguous way that she is not happy. Of the two Ginny is way more territorial than Hermione. But, she can sweet, too, and likes to sit on my head and jump onto my hands, too.

They both know that we keep their treats in the fridge so when anyone opens it they perk up and/or come running. My boyfriend takes care of them on the weekends while I'm at work. Anyway, I hope this post brightened someone's day like they brighten mine every day!

~Ami

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:16 am 
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I absolutely loved your post. excellent way to start the morning! Thank you so much for sharing all those pictures of your little girls! I am definitely impressed by the way you helped them to survive, but also how they seem to have thrived in your care. It certainly takes someone very special, patient, and caring to do what you've done with these squirrels, and it's obvious that they appreciate it and love mom too!


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Hahahaha, how nice, thanks for sharing. .
I love animals. .

Yes, a great way to start the day..


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I love this thread! What an awesome squirrel mom you are!


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Thank you, everyone, for your kind words. Like any parent proud of their kids I jump at any opportunity to talk about my girls and have whole memory cards fill of photos and video which I'm always more than happy to show off. I can't say it hasn't been hard at times but the rewards are having freaking squirrels who love me. Not to mention: Instant conversation starter. I remember being at a one on one meeting with my counselor while a student chemical dependency counselor was there doing her clinical and the counselor asked me my coping skills and I nonchalantly say something like "Well, I take care of my squirrels and I read a lot, watch my favorite shows on Netflix..." and the student was all "Whoa, wait a minute, back up. Did you say you have squirrels?" Which of course were magic words to me since I love talking about them. Lol. I have learned to not mention them during group if we have new people as it disrupts the group with everyone's questions. One guy wanted to know if I went out and caught them. I was like wow, I can't believe you even thought that! Honestly, I had no desire to or even was aware that people rescued baby squirrels before Hermione fell, literally, into my life. Two years ago I had no clue. None at all. And now I can't see my life without them for as long as they'll be in it. I know you're wondering; captive raised squirrels can live between 10-20 years.

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Ginny, (with Hermione snuggled inside below her), gently rocking herself to sleep for an afternoon nap today. Such sleepy eyes. She's got a bit of fuzz from the pouch on one eyelid, though.

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Awe!!!!! So sweet! Sleepy lil girl :)


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That's so amazing of you to do something like this and take care of them. They're so cute looking and adorable! Seeing this made me think of this scene in the movie rat race:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfmZSiFlgKU


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Fireman wrote:
That's so amazing of you to do something like this and take care of them. They're so cute looking and adorable! Seeing this made me think of this scene in the movie rat race:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfmZSiFlgKU


Omg I've never even heard of that movie. That was hilarious! The end of the video just killed me! Lol! Though, really, those cages are way way too small for them but as it's a comedy with animal people on set to be sure the squirrels are cared for, (hopefully!), I'm going to let that slide. And adult squirrels make horrible pets if not hand raised from infants. Another thing to let slide via Hollywood silliness.

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