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Orphaned Red Squirrels

August 8, 2009 – this young red squirrel male came to us with early stages of pneumonia. He was orphaned when his mom fell out of a tree and didn’t return to him within 24 hours. With his bleak condition we weren’t sure that he would make it, but he ended up responding well to treatment. It’s a treat to watch him grow and mature every day.

August 17, 2009 – the male red squirrel is slowly transitioning to solid food and is energetically bouncing around his cage. Soon it will be time for a larger one.

August 19, 2009 – the red squirrel has doubled in weight in 10 days! Impressive!

August 24, 2009 – we found another red squirrel that is the same age as this one, so with careful monitoring we were able to put them together.

September 7, 2009 – The two red squirrels were finally put into a large enclosure. They were very excited and curious about their new surroundings.

September 25, 2009 – The two red squirrels have finally been released in a forest.

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3 Comments

  1. Bob Hilscher

    Hi there. I live in Toronto, and earlier this year, my wife, Jean, and I were in Ireland where we came upon the rarely seen Red Squirrel. To us, they actually look somewhat like our American Red squirrels, but boy, do they have long ears! We were shocked to learn that U.K. and Irish Red squirrels are contracting the pox virus from Grey squirrels, and dying. We have far to many Grey squirrels here at our feeders. But up north near Algonquin Park we have seen a few Red squirrels. We feel very lucky to have seen two Red squirrels in Ireland. We have posted some of our pictures and video of our Red squirrel sightings in Ireland, and Canada for anyone interested at: http://frametoframe.ca/photo-essay-red-grey-squirrels-canada-ireland

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