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Never a Dull Moment

30 Aug

Well, maybe only a moment.

This evening Sue, my friend down the road who teaches science and with whom I discuss all things nature related, called.  One of her sons and a friend had called from a restaurant where a waitress had found two baby gray squirrels at the base of a tree. Would we take them to raise if the mother did not return by the time they were done with their meal?

Jay has wished for another squirrel since Banner’s presumed demise.  Of course!  They are now ensconced in a tissue box lined with washclothes and tissues and heated with a chemical heating rectangle used to keep one’s hands warm while hunting.

Their eyes are open.  They are about the same size as Banner was when she came to us.  Dehydrated.  Drank 7cc each of a electrolyte solution before coming here.  Full feeding will wait until the morning. Both males.

Squirrel Big:

And squirrel small:

New Looks

30 Aug

So here is the home made muzzle I whipped up Sunday evening modeled by its intended , unhappy wearer:


He got it off before we were even off the porch.  But I don’t think he has eaten any more corn–yet.  This morning I purposefully took a tour of the young milkweed plants: found five Monarch larvae from itty-bitty teensy-weensy to fair-sized.  But saw no eggs.

Thanks to Irene, D stayed with us over a too short weekend before returning to NYC and school.  He will not be able to undo so easily his new looks:

This is after the beard was removed.

And this was after the hair was cut:

D did not act nearly as unhappy as Hawthorne, though.  He looks quite handsome!  And will not be looked at funny in NYC.

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