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12/05/2020

Going nuts for....nuts!

I thought you'd like a quick update on the saga of the squizzers.

The smaller one very quickly recovered himself and reverted back to being a wilding and kept a sensible distance, he still would still come for food from the shelf Youngest made and then after a day or three - was gone.

The larger lad (the one with the bloodied nose and suspect concussion) hung around, quietly hiding in the foliage, following at a safe distance and quietly appearing and asking for something to eat. He struggled to get up the tree without slipping.

As he healed, his bravado blossomed - considering we wanted him to follow his brother and skip off to pastures new - he chose to stay.

I was concerned that as he now was conditioned to think humans = food = kindness etc that he would assume that all humans were 'safe'. So we kept him fed so that he would not go off and ask some one else while I thought how we could get him to 'rewild' safely.

Then I had an idea - if we had a way of feeding him where we, the humans, were not involved then hopefully he would not come to us when he was hungry but choose to 'feed himself' in safety...

Voila!

 And Youngest made it beautifully!
Once we'd filled it, he and I had a little helper....
A wee beastie who once he'd inspected the nutstore, 
helped himself to one and scampered over to me,
Jumped up on my camera and nibbled to his heart's content!

The last three days have been lovely - he has 'fed himself' without having to find us, he has started to explore the garden and seems to be ranging further and further and being 'all grown up and brave'.
There has been one lapse in that transition into being a wild squirrel and that happened today....

We had a short sharp shower and the garden was wet with dripping plants hanging low. I was down at the end of the garden emptying a weed bucket into the compost when I heard a rustling in the trees behind our fence. I looked up and saw a small and slightly soggy squizzer. He sat up and put both paws up to me - ran up my arm and sat on my shoulder, holding on to my hair. He quietly chattered at me. So I walked back up the path to 'his' tree, lifted my hand up and pressed it to the bark. The little lad scampered up my arm and straight on to his nutfeeder - happy squizzer!  He did not want to get any wetter working his way through the garden!

One final photo - taken the day Youngest made the nutfeeder .... a small and rather warm squirrel having a peanut stretched out on his shoulder. The naughty squizzer was using his back feet to hold on to Youngest's collar to prevent slipping off! What a cheek! haha 


11 comments:

  1. I have become tearful. Well done to you, your family and the Squizzer.

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  2. Oh good Lord, what absolute joy. The photo of Squiggle sitting on your camera is priceless . . . and with an All You Can Eat Buffet set up, why on earth should he leave the safety of your garden (have you considered He might be a She and you could end up with babies in a year or two?)

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  3. How fabulous! What a character he/she is. That was a lovely start to the day.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  4. So adorable and so funny. And so clever and wise of you to lead him/her back gently to wild ways. x

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  5. Oh my goodness that's so adorable! It looks like he feels quite comfortable with you! We dont have squirrels here in Oz which may be a good thing I hear, however we do have possums and they are a nuisance. They like to live in roof cavities and find all sorts of ways to get in for their day sleeps. And at night they make a racket when they leave to go foraging - on roses and yummy garden plants!!

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  6. He's a charming little fellow.

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  7. Just adorable. You'll be getting attached if you're not already :) X

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  8. Good to see the little one's progress. A friend takes in hedgehogs and then releases them back into the wild. She's currently got one who's decided that it would prefer to stay permanently in the hog house. Arilx

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  9. Hope your temporary pet manages to escape to the wild soon rather than becoming a permanent pet!

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  10. Absolutely love this post. Idid leave a comment, but as I went to publish it did that silly disappearing trick. Take care, stay safe and huggles.

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