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04-19-2019, 02:20 AM - 17 Likes   #1
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My orphan squirrel "Pip", dedicated to Rupert

As a Moderator I occasionally had runins with Rupert - I'm sorry but being old, grumpy and generally over the hill means that I'm afraid there was a limit to the amount of squirrel postings I could handle in any one day period . But, a couple of years later, I find myself in the supremely ironic position of having been adopted by a 5 week old orphan baby squirrel, which I'm hand-rearing until it is old enough to make its own way into the world. 10 days in she's doing fine, on a diet of rehydration liquids, puppy baby milk formula, nuts, veggies and bread, living in my photostudio with a microwavable hot water bottle as mummy. She's incredibly smart - learned to use the hamster water dropper thingie within one day. Incredibly endearing, whenever I take her outside to get used to that great big warm yellow thing in the sky she comes running straight at me and buries herself under my jumper. Meet "Pip" (name courtesy of my daughter). Rupert, this one's on you

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Well, that's put a permanent smile on my face for today! She's a little cutie, Nass, and kudos to you for taking care of her. Rupert would approve, I'm sure
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I am sure that will be a rewarding experience for you. But "old enough to make its own way into the world'' may be a long time coming if Pip has any say in the matter. I'd say you have a permanent addition to the family there.
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Rupert and the Chronicles of Otis are missed by us all. Nice job in rescuing Pip. I hope she can make the transition back to the "wild".

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Johan, you deserve an Otis Appreciation Award. Good job mate!
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Otis would be proud.
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I like the name 'Pip'. Reminds me of 'Pip' in Dickens' novel, Great Expectations. I don't know how well a young squirrel would be able to find it's way back into the squirrel world. An animal rehab might have some advice about reintroduction, etc...given their experience with similar cases.

I'm pleased that fate somehow intervened and brought both you and this orphaned squirrel together. It is always good when we can help others, in this old world of ours, even if we are of different species.

I hope you plan to provide us with progress reports. Sounds like you have things well in hand in raising this little mite.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
I like the name 'Pip'. Reminds me of 'Pip' in Dickens' novel, Great Expectations. I don't know how well a young squirrel would be able to find it's way back into the squirrel world. An animal rehab might have some advice about reintroduction, etc...given their experience with similar cases.

I'm pleased that fate somehow intervened and brought both you and this orphaned squirrel together. It is always good when we can help others, in this old world of ours, even if we are of different species.

I hope you plan to provide us with progress reports. Sounds like you have things well in hand in raising this little mite.
Hi,

I would do a like but there is no icon on my screen!
A common occurrence.

Regards.

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QuoteOriginally posted by gordon_l34 Quote
Hi,

I would do a like but there is no icon on my screen!
A common occurrence.

Regards.
I just noticed that. My screen is bereft of a button ?
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Hi,

I would do a like but there is no icon on my screen!
A common occurrence.

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Browsing on your phone perhaps? Or, try a different browser.
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Pip's got some lovely whiskers!

I'm afraid, too, this partnership is going to last way, way longer than you'd expected. I've raised a few birds across the years myself. They tend to be more independent than mammals once they've grown, though.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nass Quote
As a Moderator I occasionally had runins with Rupert - I'm sorry but being old, grumpy and generally over the hill means that I'm afraid there was a limit to the amount of squirrel postings I could handle in any one day period . But, a couple of years later, I find myself in the supremely ironic position of having been adopted by a 5 week old orphan baby squirrel, which I'm hand-rearing until it is old enough to make its own way into the world. 10 days in she's doing fine, on a diet of rehydration liquids, puppy baby milk formula, nuts, veggies and bread, living in my photostudio with a microwavable hot water bottle as mummy. She's incredibly smart - learned to use the hamster water dropper thingie within one day. Incredibly endearing, whenever I take her outside to get used to that great big warm yellow thing in the sky she comes running straight at me and buries herself under my jumper. Meet "Pip" (name courtesy of my daughter). Rupert, this one's on you
Awesome Johan.

From Jim's Otis Army album on his Flickr page.

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Given my runins with Rupe, never thought I'd reach the lofty heights of the Otis seal of approval
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Good luck raising the little critter.
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