Tuesday, September 18, 2012

YESTERDAY I HEARD, WHAT I THOUGHT TO BE, BABY BIRDS

I heard the chirping all day and even commented to Lach that there must be a bird's nest really close.  Later in the afternoon, Larry J came in and told me that Lily had found a baby squirrel.  When I went outside, I was expecting to see Lily with "a present" but she was sitting there standing guard, not making a sound and giving it a nuzzle every now and then.  It wasn't birds, we were hearing the baby squirrel crying all day!
I wrapped it in a towel, placed a call to the Humane Society and googled how to care for a baby squirrel, while we waited for them to call back.  I kept going outside to see if there was a mama looking for her baby.  Nothing.  Lily kept going over the the same area, was antsy, but never barked.  About an hour later, I heard a rustling and the little babe perked up, so I thought it must be the mama.  Then the rustling stopped and I wondered if it was a cat.  I stood very still, watching, and then I saw it - another baby.  It was in-between our fence and our neighbors, just beyond our reach.  Larry J climbed the fence and handed it over.  As soon as it got in the towel, the two dehydrated babies snuggled.  Talk about heart melting cuteness!
We have named them Phineas and Isabella.
They eat kitten formula every three hours.
The man clan and I are having so much fun caring for these wee ones,
but we will be taking them to a squirrel rehabilitation center in a few days.
We don't know how we're going to break it to Lily - she thinks she's their mama.  She grooms them, stands guard by their "nest" we made and is constantly checking in on them.  It's the cutest thing I think we've ever seen her do.  She LOVES the little babies she rescued, absolutely loves them, and so do we.

6 comments:

Heather said...

I got a little lump in my throat when I read this!!!! So sweet!

Nancy said...

It's interesting how she knew she had to be gentle and protect them. Instincts are amazing, and how they guide you to what needs to be done....

Monica said...

Oh my goodness, this is maybe the cutest thing I've ever seen! It's funny, but I've never really thought about baby squirrels because I've never seen one! They're darling! Good thing they had you guys to care for them! And Lily's mothering could not be sweeter.

Ali said...

Such a sweet story! I love photos :) Lilly is a sweet mommy.... Does that make you a grandma to the squirrels ;)

Paige said...

EEEEEEEEEEE! I love the picture of Lilly and the babies

Sherri said...

thats so so cute, I also love the picture of lily and the babies!

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