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Old 04-13-2021, 12:29 PM   #3391
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I think we put Rockstar on trial once before (a long time ago in a galaxy far far away) and the cost and length of time of the proceedings was eyewatering. Because of it I didn't have time to gather enough nuts for the winter and nearly starved to death

I'm not going through that lot again... why don't you all play this instead

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Old 04-13-2021, 03:21 PM   #3392
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I think we put Rockstar on trial once before (a long time ago in a galaxy far far away) and the cost and length of time of the proceedings was eyewatering. [...]
We all are still suffering from this Big Bang long ago..
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Old 04-23-2021, 02:24 PM   #3393
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Scenes from two squirrel rehabber's living room that I happen to know, they live three bicycle hours south of me . They turn their living room every season into a squirrel rehab centre. They currently have 9 squirrels that they got as orphants and younglings, and currently prepare them for shuttling to a bigger forest aviery where they will spend another 2-4 weeks to get used to the temperatures, sounds and smells of the wild, and to unfriend from their human foster parents. Mind you, these are EUROPEAN red squirrels, they are quite differnt in robustness and social behaviouir than American red squirrels and other squirrel species there are in North America.












How not to love these creatures?
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Old 04-23-2021, 02:28 PM   #3394
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They eat my vegatable garden and dig up the flower pots.
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Old 04-23-2021, 02:33 PM   #3395
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^^ I envy them.

Imagine having your house filled with animal, squirrel. cats, dogs and other animals.
(Cats has to learn squirrel is not food)

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Old 04-23-2021, 02:38 PM   #3396
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They eat my vegatable garden and dig up the flower pots.
Thats their way to tell you that you are their most favourite human person.

I know, I know, you have very different squirrels over there. As I said, these are European red squirrels, sciurus vulagris. They are weaker, shy, and lonely wolfs. Ours squirrels do not do these things. Yours usually are more aggressive, robust, and sicne they form cosil communities anbd ties, more courageous and probbaly a bit more intelligent (social behaviour needs social intelleigence). European red squirrels are social only in their childhood, then most of them become isolationists.

These are is red squirrels as well - but not our sciurus vulgaris, but the American red squirrel (tamiasciurus hudsonicus).



As you can see they are hyperaggressive and have not much in common with their European cousins except the looks.

Behaviour like this you do not see (and hear) in Europe.
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Old 04-23-2021, 02:46 PM   #3397
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^^ I envy them.

Imagine having your house filled with animal, squirrel. cats, dogs and other animals.
(Cats has to learn squirrel is not food)

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Me too, but do not be mistaken, rehabbing young squirrels is a full time job and very time and power-consuming especially in the first weeks: they need to get fed, massaged and animated for excretion every two hours - DAY AND NIGHT. Your whole life runs in 100 minute intervalls - including sleeping, leaving the house...

I would do it, but my flat is not such to allow this. However, I have a full set of equipment and stuff and do have the knowledge, just in case of an emergency. Forn the first 4-5 weeks max I could rehab a bayb squirrel. In the garden, I just run a feeding station with food, nuts, water and polstering material. I have five regular guests since last summer, I brought them all over the winter, at least helped on their nutrition situation, and so all survived, all are well-fed and strong, although all were in their first year (80% of European red squirrels do not survive their first year).

Two things everybody can do with his garden, easily: make your rainwater ton squirrel-safe, put a net on it or put a ladder-kind of stick into it, so that an animal falling into it must not miserably drown, but can escape, or does not fall into it in the first. Do not use poisonous stuff in your garden (especially snail and slug bait, it snot just the target spoecies eating it). Second, have water bowls especially in freezing winter and in hot summer out there, for squirrels in elevated positions where they mst not go to the ground (cats), for other animals on the ground (hedghogs). I do not want to feed doves and other bigger birds and animals, but never under no circumstance do I chase an animals away fromt he water, even mice or rats can drink, thoguh not more than just drink. And then I make it clear that they are not welcomed beyond that, eat and stay and sh!t everywhere.

And you know what? They doves and that mouse seem to get it. I have a balcony in the roof (2nd floor), and there a bird feeder and water bowl additional to the squirrel buffett in the garden below. Beside little birds and especially many tomtits and sparrows there are a small mouse and two doves who do not even try to target the feeders anymore, but go straight for the water only, and immediately leave again. They tried to eat earlier, and learned that this means trouble with me (noise, things thrown at the window or through the door and such). Clever little things. Nobody must die of thirst here, its a nasty death, and it comes much easier and faster than starvation.
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Old 04-23-2021, 03:10 PM   #3398
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Thats their way to tell you that you are their most favourite human person.

I know, I know, you have very different squirrels over there. As I said, these are European red squirrels, sciurus vulagris. They are weaker, shy, and lonely wolfs. Ours squirrels do not do these things. Yours usually are more aggressive, robust, and sicne they form cosil communities anbd ties, more courageous and probbaly a bit more intelligent (social behaviour needs social intelleigence). European red squirrels are social only in their childhood, then most of them become isolationists.

These are is red squirrels as well - but not our sciurus vulgaris, but the American red squirrel (tamiasciurus hudsonicus).



As you can see they are hyperaggressive and have not much in common with their European cousins except the looks.

Behaviour like this you do not see (and hear) in Europe.
What's really bad is if you try to stop them they complain about their first and second amendment right being violated....
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Old 04-23-2021, 03:19 PM   #3400
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Unbelievable. Their stress homrone levels must go right through the ceiling, breakign through the gates to canary heaven.









I prefer our European ones. They are MUCH cuter. And peaceful (which unfortunately is their doom, there are two populations of Klingon grey squirrels in Europe, and they are on the march to victory).
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Old 05-28-2021, 10:51 AM   #3402
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