Squirrel pups 2.0!

The second squirrel litter of the year has appeared at last. Well, I know that N is greater than or equal to 1, as there is a juvenile who appeared today at feeding time. (Gray squirrels around here have two broods per year.)

This morning he/she was incompetent at nomming. Offered walnuts, shelled almonds, peanuts, and sunflower seed, the youngster didn’t seem to recognize any of them as food. A few hours later, though, it gingerly nibbled on sunflower seeds and discovered that they were good. I timed it: it took the n00b 30 full seconds to eat a single seed, while an experienced adult does it in less than three seconds. Eventually the cache was discovered by an older squirrel, who drove away the n00b.

This little guy is also a lot tamer than the adults; he’ll stay on the ledge when I open the window. Adults scurry away.

Isn’t it cute? Look at those big eyes and that huge, fluffy tail.

What should I name it?

Sqrl

46 Comments

  1. Diana MacPherson
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Awww so cute! Eichcoynechen jr?

    • Posted September 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

      Maybe shortened and americanized to “Ike”, if it turns out to be male. Though it is not exactly a cutesy name. How about “Tamy” from tame-y.

      If all else fails, “Bob” is always a good name for everything for no reason in particular, as the moleatthecounter suggests.

  2. moleatthecounter
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Bob.

  3. DrBrydon
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Rocky.

  4. Posted September 12, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    That one needs to start eating faster if he/she wants to get through the winter. I wonder what the first winter mortally rate differential is between the fist and last babies of the season. The snow will be falling in Chicago before you know it.

  5. Fiona Clifton
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Cyril the squirrel, surely

    • Paul S.
      Posted September 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

      Cyril is good, but he looks more like a Basil to me.

      • merilee
        Posted September 12, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

        But isn’t Basil a rat, according to Manuel?

        • Craig Gallagher
          Posted September 12, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

          According to Manuel, Basil was a hamster… classic.

          • Posted September 12, 2014 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

            Maybe Basil was a hamster in Barcelona…

        • John Scanlon, FCD
          Posted September 12, 2014 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

          Basil was a fox long before Fawlty Towers.

          • Posted September 13, 2014 at 5:07 am | Permalink

            Basils all around! And Cecil was a sometimes sea-sick sea serpent ( or, I believe, sea monster in the British version),

  6. merilee
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    sub

  7. merilee
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    I 2nd Cyril.

  8. Knud
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Name it James, i honor of mr. Foyel

  9. Posted September 12, 2014 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Bertrand

  10. JohnnieCanuck
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Cyril, surely.

    • Posted September 12, 2014 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

      Cyril Sqrly, surely🐾

      • JohnnieCanuck
        Posted September 12, 2014 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

        Neat. You make me think of the French word for squirrel – écureuil. I really like the way it is pronounced.

        For his full name then – Cyril Écureuil.

        • Posted September 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

          Poifect! With a rolled French r in Cyril as well. ( my dog just moved in a huff after having to listen to the pronunciation of écureuil🐶)

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted September 12, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

        Shirley the squirrely so we can imagine the squirrel telling Jerry not to call him that.

        • moleatthecounter
          Posted September 12, 2014 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

          Shirley, you’re not serious?

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted September 12, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

            Don’t call me Shirley.

            • Posted September 12, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

              Shirley you’re joking!

        • Posted September 12, 2014 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

          Yes!

        • ladyatheist
          Posted September 12, 2014 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

          I second that emotion!

  11. redlivingblue
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Hamish McCoyne. In honor of the late ginger kitty and the new squirrelz deity. ..

  12. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Albatross! But I am working against the tide here.

  13. John Dentinger
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    In honor of the great storyteller of my boyhood, Thornton Burgess, I suggest naming this squirrel “Happy Jack.” Or Jacquelyn.

  14. Posted September 12, 2014 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I like Cyril too. Kinda goes with Hili and Cyrus.

    Here’s an alternative – Chatterer from the squirrel star of the children’s show, The Green Forest.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3-vnqMdjlk

  15. rickflick
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Sunny, after the seeds it is cutting its teeth on.

    • ratabago
      Posted September 12, 2014 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

      I thought something similar. “Heli” from Helianthus, the genus for sunflowers. Might be a bit too close to “Hili” though.

      • ratabago
        Posted September 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

        Rats, Format Fail rides again.

  16. Hempenstein
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    For brevity, Boon. (Noob backwards.)

  17. Posted September 12, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Benjamin? Roxy?

  18. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Wyatt?
    Get it?

    • merilee
      Posted September 12, 2014 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

      Wyatt Urp??

  19. Ralph
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    thats an Eastern Grey Squirrel, I assume?
    per Wiki
    “The genus, Sciurus, is derived from two Greek words, skia, meaning shadow, and oura, meaning tail. This name alludes to the squirrel sitting in the shadow of its tail.”

    So, I like the sound of the biblical Hebrew name Tsillah, which also means shadow.

    That’s if it’s a girl. I can’t tell.

  20. ladyatheist
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Merle!

  21. Posted September 12, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Mrs./Mr. Stevens

    Only because Ceiling Cat can then exclaim “look Mrs. Stevens is on the windowsill outside again!” to his bewildered colleagues.

    Yeah, that one won’t make it. 😉

    • rickflick
      Posted September 13, 2014 at 5:28 am | Permalink

      You have a wonderful imagination. 😎

  22. Posted September 13, 2014 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    Call it Peanut! =) soo adorable. Biggest tragedy of biogeography and evolution is no squirrels here in Australia =(

    • rickflick
      Posted September 13, 2014 at 5:29 am | Permalink

      You have to start by introducing oak trees.

  23. SESE
    Posted September 14, 2014 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    How about Sheba, as in the Queen of, who was herself most likely a Noobian?


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