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Old 10-08-2020, 07:14 AM   #2836
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Found myself a new hobby.





There are two of them, the first one, in the first clip to be seen, still needs assistance to lead him to the good stuff (opened lid), the other (to be seen in the first clip before the night shot), after one week still does not get it, and does not get nuts form isnide the box.



Some squirrels sometimes find an empty nut, others have an empty nut from birth on.
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Old 10-14-2020, 01:23 PM   #2837
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My little friends have gotten used to it. The brighter one with tail and body having the same light copper colour, is a male, I call him Kira, and the darker hazelnut-coloured with almost black tail, is a girl, maybe the mother, named Taro. I originally misindenjtife dboth genders, thats why the names are mistakedn. There is a third one which unfortunately never shows up, Sira. Could be the other kid of Taro.

They still do niot like the clapping sound of the lid when they move in and out, and alarm-start when it happens, thats why I have blocked it a bit, but rain and winds find easier way inside, thats why I want them to get used to the lid being fully rested in its defalt position so that the opening is as small as the design was planned.

Squirrel-TV, I could watch it for hours. Squirrels bring joy into your life. I smile and grin all the time. Would become a rehabber of lost baby squirrels myself if my living circumstances (flat) would be better suited, but they aren't, I cannot build an outside voliere and have no space in my appartement, unfortunately, while all other variables are met: I have the love for the animals, some needed knoweldge, plenty of free time (nursing young squirrels is incredibly exhaustive and demanding, if you had lets say four young baby squirrels, for many weeks your life runs in 100-minute intervals, and that means: each and every aspect of your life does, inclduign sleep).

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Old 10-15-2020, 01:03 PM   #2838
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^ All very nice



BUT..... we must now gird our loins for the ordeal to come; something the likes of of which we have never had to put up with before and hopefully never will again... and no, I don't mean Covid 19. I mean:




"Look, Honey... on the Subsim channel... they're having a new game show called Whac-A-Dick! I'm calling the studio to see whether they'll let me join in"
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Old 10-18-2020, 05:42 PM   #2839
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Let it be known to everybody: if anyone ever dares to whack my two lovely cuties, his will be my eternal revenge and doom cast down upon him, and I will not rest until his soul lies in shattered pieces and smoldering ashes until the end of time. I do not forgive whacking squirrels.

Except they vote for Trump - then send in legions of pine martens.



Names are Kira and Taro. Kira is the male, bright fur, and tail and body are of almost same colour, Taro appears to be a female, its the one with dark hazelnut colour, and tail almost black, darker than the body. Kira seems to be a youngling, born this year, I think, and acts quite unexperienced, Taro maybe could be the mother, she is at least more experienced. Winter is coming and I fear for them, death rate amongst red squirrels is heart-breakingly high. 80% do not make it over the first winter, 90% do not live to see their third birthday, not even 1% make it to their fifth year - and this although the species, if taken good care of, can live for 10, 12, sometimes even up to 15 years!

Every late morning I exchange the SD card, see for the nut bar, and a bowl of water will soon follow, I just hang up a box with capok fibres (soft botanic wool) so that they can cushion their dreys and seal them better. I really want to do what I can to help the youngling over the winter, becasue its the first years since very many years that we have red squirrels in our street. Red squirrels start mating season already in Decembre, so any mummy squirrel hopefully will make good use of the nuts and the wool as well. Wish them luck, they really need it. Food supply in nature is very bad for the third year in a row, becasue it were so terribly dry years, the trees formed less nuts and tree fruits and dropped them too early in the year so that there is not enough left now in autumn when the little animals collect.

We have completely derailed nature and its balances, we should not stand away from the damage, but in our little lives do what we can and what is in reach to help the many little creatures around us to get over the days and months and yeras of their lives, which are short enough. I always felt that treating well Animals is the same like treatign well your own soul and what you do for them, last but not least you also do to your own well-beeing. Try it, if you never have. You will see its true.

And hunting - do it if you think you must to get your food. Hunting for eating the prey I leave to itself and do not complain, maybe I would sometimes do that myself if I were living such a life in an according place. But hunting for "sports" and "entertainment" and "trophies" makes me furious, I am absolutely unforgiving about killing for joy or fame or scores.


I would be a rehabber, if my living place would allow it. I have the time, the knowledge and the love for the little creatures to take that effort on me (and nursing young squirrels is an effort, believe me, and can be quite exhausting, becasue it is a full time day and night job). But I do not have the space, and no option for an "Auswilderungsvoliere" ( a huge cage used to train them to alienate themselves form humans again and become used to the sounds and temperatures ands things of living free).


Oh, I just noticed I repeated myself. Sorry.
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Old 10-18-2020, 06:49 PM   #2840
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You are so lucky to get these; I haven't seen a red squirrel in years

In deference to you and your kind efforts we shall postpone the whacking of squirrels for now
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You are so lucky to get these; I haven't seen a red squirrel in years
Yes, I know the drama you have in England with the grey ones. But i fear for tbe reds on the continent as well, the small grey population in Italy has broken out, passed through switzerland and austria and nkw has reached the Bodensee region. At the same time the dryness is destroying the conifers over here which give reds a small advantage over tbe greys, but in mixed forests, the greys wipe the reds out. I fear in the comi g 30 years the reds will dissapear in germany, too. And then tbere is this damn pox virus that the greys bring in and that kills reds. Its a terrible death, the suffering lasts two weeks. Heartbreaking.
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