Look at how big the babies are now! They are doing GREAT and have so much energy. I wish I could start releasing them, but it's been so cold that I think that they should get a bit bigger first (you should see how fat all the other squirrels are now- including some of the past stars of this blog!). They are ready to start exploring their woods whenever the weather cooperates. Little girl is the one in the back, she is very golden and furrier than her brothers in the foreground. As for the boys, ToughStuff is the one on top and BrightEyes is the one on the bottom. They play non-stop unless they are snuggling in their nestbox. I put them outside during the day so that they can start acclimatizing to the cold.
The animal room is also slowly coming along as you can see below, but the weather has put a hold on construction- they can't put on the roof with all the snow! I can't wait until it is ready and functional! It will make looking after all the wild things so much easier.
The snow also brings fun footprints every morning.Do you know who has visited in the night/early morning?? In this picture there are opossum and squirrel prints, see if you can tell which is which!
Here's another shot of ToughStuff (so called as he is quick to attack anything that seems threatening!). This time of year is a bit slower, but the construction and these three have kept me busy. I am also looking after a squirrel who was hit by a car. He broke his nose and is suffering from brain blindness- there doesn't appear to be anything woring with his eyes, but a concussion has compromised his brain areas in charge of seeing. Hopefully with time this will heal. It seems as though he might have some vision back, but it may take 1-2 months. And I get various calls to check out injured animals. Tonight I was called to the aid of a beautiful young male raccoon who had been hit by a car. He died just before I got there, his hands were still warm. He appeared to have broken his pelvis and upper right femur irreparably, so that was some consolation, and I was glad that I could move him off the road.