Thursday, September 8, 2011

Roxy

Meet Roxy, an orphaned red squirrel found in a Costo parking lot.

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Frank's wonderful sister, Theresa came to her rescue as she has with so many other orphaned squirrels and raccoons in the past. She'll be hand-raising her until she is old enough to be released.




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Generally, red squirrels are so feisty that it's comical. They're often seen scolding other creatures, including people by whom they might feel threatened. Roxy was calm and friendly in human hands but she was no slouch when it came to letting Benny know that he made her feel nervous.




roxy and benny
Her otherwise silent voice began chirping whenever he came a little too close, and if you know anything about Benny, you'll know that he was too close, too often.




roxy exploring
She spent much of the day enjoying the fresh air from her little cage but when she needed to do some running around and exploring, she was brought into the cottage, as it was much too risky to lose her outdoors while she is still this young.




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Roxy eats a variety of foods. Among the many items offered to her are cedar seeds, fruits, nuts and her special formula, prepared for her in a little syringe.




roxy anticipation
She has a hearty appetite, particularly for her formula. Here, she stretches in anticipation for her "bottle."




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Nom nom nom.




roxy drinking
And here's a closer view - such contentment.




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Of course she eats plenty of solids too. It just takes her a while to get through a full peanut.




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Or a grape.




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This was a scheduled post. By the time you're reading this, we should be back up at the cottage with Roxy and Company. Hopefully I'll have more photos to share with you shortly after we return - whenever that may be. I'll have another scheduled post or two set up after this one. Credit for this photo of Roxy and me belongs to Frank. You'll want to check out his fine images at his photography blog.

47 comments:

Andy said...

Very interesting storyboard of fantastic photos. Looks like the baby squirrel is in good hands.

Brian Miller said...

oh how cool is that...i love squirrels!! wonderful pics...i want to hold and feed him!

Shrinky said...

Stunning photographs, and utterly adorable. I am so glad there are people like Franks sister, who care enough to help these little orphans.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

good for you!

that little baby squirrel is SO adorable!

great macros!

betty xx

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant photos, isn't he/she loving. I hope that you will be taking the squirrel with you.

missing moments said...

Baby squirrels are so cute and these were great photos of the little girl, Hilary!

Mental P Mama said...

So, so precious.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

OHHHH! I love red squirrels, soooo cute!

DJan said...

Just the best pictures! I think this baby squirrel is simply amazing, and thank you to Frank's sister for her devotion to this little guy.

Snappy Di said...

So tiny and cute! Hope she leads a marvelous and very healthy life in the days ahead!!

TexWisGirl said...

sweet little one! great job, sis Theresa!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

I am beyond jealous! What I wouldn't give to stumble across a baby squirrel and be the one to help it! I can't wait to see more of Roxy. :)

Moannie said...

Brilliant! Of course the one with Benny is the star photo.

Pearl said...

OMG but that's cute! SO cute!

My sister currently has two orphaned squirrels. Her husband has a tree business, and with the large number of storms we've had this summer he's been taking down a lot of damaged trees. Sometimes those trees have nests in them, and poor Karen has played host/mother to a number of orphaned animals this year...

Pearl

ellen abbott said...

Oh, so cute. I love squirrels.

Maggie May said...

That is such a lovely post. I really enjoyed it.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Cricket said...

I laughed out loud at the "nom nom nom."

I have no good ideas really... just crank up some Squirrel Nut Zippers. Anything.

ladyfi said...

Wow - what amazingly clear and adorable pics of Roxy!

Anyes said...

How sweet! I love the close ups of Roxy while she's eating...She seems very intent in absorbing all this nutritious food;-)

messymimi said...

Raising them is fun, but i'm glad she will be released, as cute as they are they don't make good long term pets.

Wonderful pics.

Jinksy said...

That is so sweet! LOL

Reb said...

Wow! Fabulous shots and how wonderful is Theresa for saving these animals?! The long fingers and claws on the little guy are pretty impressive. You never get a really good look while they are in the wild, thanks for sharing.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That is pretty cute.

Anvilcloud said...

Very heartwarming. Greast story. Great photos.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Oh goodness. How much I adored these photos! Especially of the ones where she is feeding. Your hubby really captured her little personality well. Cannot wait to see more!

Linda said...

She is SO cute. And both photographers involved in this shoot are to be commended.

yaya said...

If I was diabetic, I would be dead by now..those pics were just too sweet! What a great job of rescue your friend has done. Hopefully Roxy will be able to return to the wild and live a good life...can't wait to see more!

Cloudia said...

this wonderful tale & pics (Benny!)
made my day. sweet!


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Red said...

Interesting post. Here at the Medicine River rehab site they foster lost youngsters.
they have found that most species will take an orphan very readily. Does become frantic until they can get close enough to take a fawn that's been abandoned. Count ducklings as the hen passes back and forth.
She usually has a different number of ducklings each time.

Shammickite said...

I wonder if baby squirrels are born with teeth? Maybe not if they suckle but I wonder when the teeth come in as little Roxy is making short work of the peanuts and seeds she has been given.

christinemyoung said...

Roxy with the grape is such a sweet shot ♥ What a cutie pie. Have fun at the cottage :)

Kerry said...

Ooooooh. Those tiny perfect claws and bright little eyes. A baby eating a grape...I am in love.

Suldog said...

I've always had a soft spot for squirrels. Fed them a lot when I was a kid, whenever they came into our yard. We have the gray ones here, though; no reds.

Glo said...

Awww... wonderful photos of Roxy. I found his western cousin in an old growth forest and have posted a couple of photos. Such cute little critters!

TSannie said...

My late aunt and uncle were licensed wildlife "keepers". It was always exciting for the kids to visit and see what animal "children" they were loving.
Such wonderful photos, Ms. H.

She Writes said...

I am sucker for little critters! Precious!

Grayquill said...

Well Roxy is lucky - she reminds me to much of a rat and of course I hate rats - poor Roxy probably would not have survived if she/he had come my way. Good job and great pictures.

Pauline said...

This reads (and looks) like a post from Animal Kingdom! How cool that Frank's sister rescues these little creatures. babies of any sort have such appeal, don't they?

Lisa RedWillow said...

Oh is he cute or what. Awesome photos of this little one. Who would have ever thought. Priceless

holdingmoments said...

Cute overload! lol
Lovely pictures of the little squirrel.

chariskalee said...

Gorgeous shots as always and too much adorableness in one place. So cute!!!

Mage said...

Fascinating shots of that very tiny critter. Thank you.

lime said...

oh my goodness, she almost looks like she is posing and smiling in that last shot!

Dianne said...

she's precious!

bless Teresa for all she does
she's a hero for Mother Nature :)

Barbara Shallue said...

She's adorable! Kudos to your sister for her taking care of her. I considered becoming a wildlife caretaker after we adopted a baby squirrel(Sammy) a few years ago. Alas, ours had spinal damage and didn't survive. http://barbarashallue.typepad.com/musing_in_long_hollow/2009/03/ummwhat-do-we-do-now.html

Country Girl said...

Oh, that last photo is stupendous!

Sandra said...

Hilary -- I haven't visited much recently (life has gotten in the way!), but reading this reminds me how much I enjoy your stories in words and pictures. Thank you for being my friend and a wonderful addition to my world. :)