While walking to work this afternoon, Alex noticed three tiny baby squirrels — just a few days old — that had most likely fallen out of their nest onto the ground. He moved them off the sidewalk and onto the grass to keep them safe, and kept walking to work, assuming (and hoping) that the mom would find them and get them back into their nest.
When he walked home about five hours later, he saw that they were still there. One of them had died, but the other two were alive and appeared to be injured from the fall. I was walking to meet him, so we walked home together with him holding the two babies on a plastic bag in his palm. They were so tiny and hairless, and their little eyes weren’t even open yet.
I tried calling an animal rescue shelter and the Lowry Park Zoo on my cell phone as we walked home, but both organizations were closed. When we got home, we put a pillow case in a small box and placed them in there, and then started calling every animal rehabilitation place we could find online.
After leaving messages at four places, we finally got in touch with a guy who wasn’t in our area but gave us another phone number for a lady who was. We called her, and she was about 30 minutes away but said she could leave immediately to meet us at a halfway point. So we hopped in the car with the babies nestled in their box. As long as they were twitching and squirming, I knew they were alive.
When we met Lisa, she took both babies in one hand and said that one of them seemed to be doing poorly. Mother squirrels feed their newborns every two hours or so, and these little guys hadn’t eaten in at least six. Luckily, she had all the necessary supplies in her truck so that she could start rehabilitating them immediately.
And that’s how we left them — in the capable hands of a kind woman who saves these sorts of animals every day.
I’ve been with Alex for almost two years, and he still manages to surprise me regularly. I know he loves animals, but I’m overwhelmed that he would spend his evening saving two baby squirrels, including walking a mile with them held gently in his palm.
I have no idea how to transition smoothly into this, so…um….I posted two sets of coasters in The Boutique!
Four 4″x4″ Red Apple coasters, for sale here.
And a set of Leafy Coasters, for sale here.
Maybe I should have come up with an analogy about how a squirrel’s life is as fragile as a leaf in autumn or something to make for a slightly smoother transition. But I’m just not feeling that clever tonight.
Send good vibes to the baby squirrels!!
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