Squirrel Watch II: My Growing Family

Three more squirrels came into the center today. I brought them home and kept them separated from my other guy until their next feeding, then put them all in together. I have one more feeding to go today, so I’ll have a chance to see how they’re getting along before I go to bed.

The three are siblings—two girls and a boy. They’re all around 90 grams, and their eyes are all still closed. While they were at the center, they were apparently sneezing blood, but they don’t seem to be doing that anymore. I was also warned that one of them was a little lethargic but, again, that didn’t seem to be the case when I fed them. Still, I’ll keep them on Pedialyte until I’m sure they’re all doing okay and are ready to start on formula.

I was glad to get them. I had felt bad for my first guy for being all alone, even though it didn’t seem to be bothering him at all. It was also weird just having one to take care of. The feedings went really fast, I can tell you that!

While I was at the center, I went outside to check on the set I took in a week and a half ago. Boy, have they ever grown in that time! I saw four out of five of them (the fifth was either buried in the t-shirts in the nest box or snoozing in the hammock), and they all looked very chubby and healthy. They’ll stay there another week or so and then I’ll be bringing them home again to release them. It’s so nice to see that the work I put in with them while they were here has definitely helped them. This really is one cool gig!

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