THAT'S Not a Kitten!

Spring is here yet again, and lately I’ve come to expect that with this season comes The Animator’s Wife bringing home the occasional orphaned kitten in need of hand rearing. So it came as no surprise last night to see her come home carrying a box with air holes under one arm and a bottle of formula under the other. However, when she went to take the creature out for its first feeding, Osiris and I could not believe our eyes.

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At first, we thought it was a gerbil, like the ones The Animator’s Wife used keep as pets. But on closer inspection, and noticing the bushy tail, we realized that it was in fact a baby squirrel. Yes, a squirrel, as in those nervous little rodents that like to pester The Dog and send him into a barking, growling frenzy whenever he sees one.

I might think of questioning her judgment in bringing home such a creature, but I am assured this little guy will not be staying long. The Animator’s Wife actually seemed a little annoyed about having to bring him home at all. Apparently, he was found by a man whose children had gotten a hold of it. The Animator’s Wife said he should have just told his kids to put it back where they found it and watch for the mother to come back for it, because now the poor thing is going to have to be hand-reared and will become trusting of humans. The strange part is she said “trusting humans” as if it were a bad thing. Does she really think humans are not to be trusted?

In any case, it’s in our care now until we can locate a rehabilitator for it. Actually, The Animator was quite smitten with this orphan, and I think he’s almost sorry we can’t keep it. At least he will be of help with the bottle-feeding until a rehabilitator is found.

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Incidentally, The Dog has seen the baby but has not figured out that it’s a squirrel yet. I believe he thinks it’s another kitten, something of no interest to him. Well I’m not going to tell him what it really is. It will be interesting to see if he figures it out on his own.

Oh--before I forget, my friend D.C.’s mom sent The Animator’s Wife a pattern for the cutest Tunisian crochet purse ever. If you’re looking to get into Tunisian crochet or just want a great new bag pattern for spring, you should check it out here.

5 comments:

  1. Hmmm, apparently Dog is not as smart as you!

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  2. Aww so cute, I would have a hard time giving up all that sqwishyness.

    Thank you for linking me. Enjoy the bag!

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  3. Aw, that is just the cutest picture of him eating. I hope everything turns out well with the little guy.

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  4. Good point, Angela--I guess I never did report the outcome of the squirrely! His stay with us was extremely short-lived, as Wildlife Rescue called The Animator's Wife back later that day. He's with the rehabilator now, on his way to growing into a happy, healthy adult squirrel!

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  5. freckles7575April 05, 2010

    Hi my name is Cheri I go by freckles7575, I have hand reared a squirral and you'd be surprised that they, when you let them go will find their way and they won't really be dependent on humans. Also, do you have a veterans center-hospital in your area. He or she will be taken care of on their property. The squirrals at the veterans center here in St. Petersburg, Fl are very tame they will come right up to a person for food. The Vets are real perticular about their pet squirrals. Thanks for caring enough to take it in. And keep on sheltering, To God Be the Glory!

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