My New Baby!

So, I came home around 5PM and went out to feed the yard kitties.

They were all acting strange. This is NOT a good sign.

I looked around and saw several cats around Flash, who was standing still.

With something in his mouth.

Something furry.

Shit.

I calmly walked towards Flash. Then I yelled: FLASH! And Flash, startled, dropped the furry whatever and ran.

Nervously, i walked over to the tiny furry whatever.

It was a baby squirrel. And it was, amazingly, OK.

 

After checking the baby out, I placed it in a box. It seemed fine, but frozen in terror. I guess.

 

So, yea, shit.

WHAT was I to do with this baby? I know nothing about baby squirrels. I have never even seen a baby squirrel.

But, via the wonder of the internet, I soon learned a great deal. I dashed off to the store and purchased some recommended formula and came home to feed my new charge. The baby unfroze and hungrily drank. Soooooooooo cute. I teared up.

It is now about six hours after our first unexpected encounter and baby has been fed twice. Baby is nestled inside a bunch of ripped-up tissue in box, sitting atop a heating pad. The pad is under half the box so baby can self-regulate its temperature.

If baby lives through the night, I will call my vet first thing. The internet tells me that a animal rescue shelter is the best place for baby.

So, who knew that at sixty-one I would be a new daddy?

 

13 Comments

  1. Nikki on April 16, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    How adorable is that! Is Flash ok? Sounds like you just about scared the life out of him, too.

  2. Carla on April 16, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    You continue to restore my faith in humanity, thank you!

  3. Barb Sanford on April 16, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    You are such a kind soul.

  4. Annette on April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Oh he is gorgeous. I hope he survives so he can go live in a rescue home and eventually be released and go and do squirrelly things and live a happy life.

  5. Gia on April 17, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Yay! The world is right with Ross man and Flash cat to the rescue saving Squirrel babies!

  6. Jenine on April 17, 2018 at 12:05 am

    I’ve raised several baby squirrels and they are a lot of fun, but time consuming. They need a lot of care, and once they get to the point where they are mostly self sufficient they need to be taught how to survive on their own outside. Hopefully your cat didn’t bite it, because cat bites cause bad infections on their prey. A rescue group is the best option for it because they can handle any complications.

  7. Heather Estes on April 17, 2018 at 3:42 am

    Awww… Poor little squirrel. Thanks for trying to save him. Fingers crossed.

  8. Dan Goodall-Williams on April 17, 2018 at 3:46 am

    Poor squirrel. Thankfully you saved him. Yes, shelter best option. Never saw a baby one. Very cute. You are a truly a kind soul. Thank you.

  9. Mauro Chantal on April 17, 2018 at 4:55 am

    You’re wonderful, Ross. Call your new little Ross pup, that’s my suggestion. Hugs from Brazil!

  10. Hilliary on April 17, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Ross you rock my world! Awwwweee I teared up just reading your post. Your a wonderful squirrel daddy 🐿

  11. Sandra Lee on April 17, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Kindness to various & a sundry creatures–such a dear soul!

  12. Brandy Mulvaine on April 18, 2018 at 6:29 am

    http://www.northeastkswildliferescue.com/
    Might be the nearest rescue group to you? They are in Topeka so not really that close, but they should be able to direct you if there’s a closer group. Thanks for saving the Lil guy! Thank Flash too!

  13. Sharol on April 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Are there any updates on the baby?

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