Meet Roxy, an orphaned red squirrel found in a Costo parking lot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
She has a hearty appetite, particularly for her formula. Here, she stretches in anticipation for her "bottle."
Nom nom nom.
And here's a closer view - such contentment.
Of course she eats plenty of solids too. It just takes her a while to get through a full peanut.
Or a grape.
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.