I’m off to Poland today, but I’ll arrange for posts to be put up as if it were a normal day. None of them, however, will be weighty. This first one starts Tuesday with some rodential cuteness.
Reader Diana MacPherson sent in a photo of a batch (I don’t know what the technical term is) of orphaned red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus). Here’s the story:
A friend of mine found the babies around her complex last night – two out in front of her house and two in a corner. Mom was nowhere to be found so something tragic must’ve happened. She is feeding them pedialyte with a syringe every 30 mins or so & they are in a nice warm box with a hot water bottle. I hope they do okay. The local humane society wouldn’t take them nor would a bunch of different rescue places, so after placing 10 calls, she is going to try to look after them until they can go out on their own. She said they are three boys & one girl.
Now it distresses me that a rescue organization wouldn’t take care of this cute little bunch. If you live near Mississauga, Ontario and have advice about squirrel-rearing, please leave information in the comments below. I’m not sure whether orphaned squirrels can become wild squirrels on their own, or need a certain amount of tutelage!