Shhhh...BABY SQUIRREL SLEEPING!
I don't usually post photos of rehab squirrels, because they are not pets, (plus it is illegal to keep wildlife, so I don't want to encourage anyone to try and raise one ; except by a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, which I am), but this little fox squirrel was so comfy on my husband's arm that I thought I'd share just one snapshot on Dailies. :-)
This is an orphaned Fox Squirrel. She is now a big, teenager... But here is her story from a few months ago...
She is about 4 weeks old. Her eyes will not open until she is 5-6weeks old!. She will be on puppy formula for another 6-8 weeks until she is fully weaned. Bob was holding her while I fed her brother and she fell asleep, snuggled in his arm. ..
All of the squirrels that I receive in the late summer/early fall, when old enough, live in a large outdoor pen all winter and stay there until the leaves come back out on the trees in May. The reason I keep them so long is that by the time they are old enough to be released, they will have no territory, nest site or food stored for the winter. ( However, Spring babies stay on average for only 4 months and are released in July) Over the winter these Fall babies will grow to adult size (2lbs) and instinctively turn wild. It is quite gratifying to watch a young squirrel return to the wild and know that you made the difference between life and death only months before!