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Arya - 2006-10-21
About 2 months ago my step dad was at a work-site cutting a tree behind a house. After the tree had fallen, he noticed that there were four baby squirrels lying near it. He took lunch and worked for a little while longer, about four hours. He then went back to see if the mother had gotten them, she hadn't. He brought them home, feeling bad. I loked up on the web what they eat and everything i could about them. One died 2 days after we had found it for no apparent reason, We believe it was injured internally from the fall. The second kept having feeding seizures and died a week after we had it. About this time we realized the only female left had a cut under her arm. We paid special attention to her and it was about this time we built a small cage. The boy was doing excellent and so was the female. We had not named them for fear they would die. They opened their eyes and we got hope, they climbed everywhere! One day at a feeding the little boy started choking, my step-dad loved them so much he even tried CPR! We all ended up crying because we later found out he had been chewing on his nest-box in his cage, and it could have been prevented. It ended up being only female that lived, the one with the cut, the one worse off than them all. She lived and we now call her Daisy. She has run of the house during the day and is getting large! She is friendly except for people she has never seen before. She is almost just like a dog! One day while free running the house she found a mini-oreo my little sister had dropped and started eating it! We tried to get it away from her, but couldn't! Squirrels are VERY FAST when they want to be! We know they will eat nearly anything, especially if it is sweet. We stick to a diet of fruit and nuts and still the Ebsilac milk that she originally ate. She now lives in a 'condo' that takes up a large part of our house and loves it. One person found a squirrel down the street that is male and we want to breed her, unless we let her go by then. She has given us much love and laughs and i hope i never have to see her go! We dont regret orphaning them one bit, and hope we can orphan more! We actually thought she was a gray squirrel at first, but after looking at the pictures, gray squirrels are more black and we realised she was a red squirrel! She answers to her name, and stops doing anything when we say 'no!'. Squirrels are genius!

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Anonymous - 2006-10-20
I believe that squirrels, when cared for correctly, make very sweet, curious pets. I have rehabilitated five orphaned squirrels. My first set was a litter of four babies, only two weeks old. I still have two of them who are tame and friendly. I released the other two because they did not enjoy the my company very much, and seemed to like it better outside. I am glad I did this and think that if an animal wishes to be free, it should be set free. My other two returned to me when they were given the option to leave (even after a dog chased one up a tree!) The two I still have now are the best little guys. They have only bonded with me, since I raised them. They are not very fond of anyone else and do not appreciate being held by other people. Neither of them have bitten me in the three years that I have had them. I have had both males and females and the females are definitely more loving and friendly. I love the little critters to death! I handle mine every night to keep them friendly. They always love a little scratch under the neck and stretch their arm back really far. Its very cute to watch.

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Jeanne Parker - 2006-10-15

Late one night as I lay sleeping, I felt something near my head. At first, I though it was our cat, who when he can get into my room, will rub his head next to mine. But, all of a sudden, it jumped over my head and sat on the pillow next to me. From the soft light of the clock radio, I could see the faint outline of a small creature and not knowing what it was, I screamed!
Whatever it was jumped off the bed. It got up and turned on the light to find this small rodent running around the room. It did look like a squirrel but was the size of a chipmunk. It ran up the curtains and down, then up the small tree in the corner of the room, then it came to rest on a basket near my CD player which was playing nature sounds...babbling brook, etc. It sat there and looked as if it wanted to sleep...and was all tired out.
I was baffled. I didn't want it to slip under the door. At first, I put socks on my hands thinking I might grab it, but then thought it could still bite through the cloth. It then moved to my desk and ran up it and sat there. I moved over to the window, opened it, took off the screen and then moved a small chair up to where it was sitting. It got onto the chair and I put the chair up to the open window. It looked out into the dark night as if to adjust it's eyesight, then slowly departed.
This sweet creature that had come down the chimney, touched my heart. I was sad to see him or her go.

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Tigersoul - 2006-09-08
Yes, Squirrels CAN be pets. Please note: I would never suggest that a person TAKE one from the wild, but if fate drops one in your path, and you and the squirrel are willing to walk a ways together, then enjoy it. Not everyone who finds a squirrel will be able to locate a wildlife rescue organization before the little critter dies from cold and lack of nutrition.

Peanut is a 7 week old Western Gray that was brought into our home by one of our cats late at night. We can only guess that he was shoved out of the nest by a sibling, found by the cat, brought into the home, found alive by my middle kid, and then nursed back to health by me.

I guess I am lucky to have a degree in Veterninary Assisting, because we were provided with a rather extensive education on emergent situations. I am NOT a vet, and there is only so much I can do. So, I turned to the internet, and found everything I needed to know within a very short time.

He has become quite an affectionate little critter, and is a delight to come home to. We are all very fond of him, and I will be acquiring a license to keep him.

There is a reason that these creatures come to us, and so long as we are dedicated in their care and happiness, then enjoy your little bit of wildlife, and take many pictures ~*~

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michelle - 2006-09-08
We found a flying squirrel in a fallen tree. We didn't even know what it was until we went on the internet and looked it up. I was surprised to know they existed. I never seen one until now. It is sooooooooo cute and loves attention. We all love the little guy already. It has only been in our home since last weekend and already spoiled rotten.

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Niki - 2006-08-29
i have a flying squirrel named snuggles because he stays in my clothes and snuggles. his favorite thing to do is eat pecans and sleep. i love him so much. they are the best pets you can have. i rescued mine from he wild when he was just about 4 weeks old. he is so cute!

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Anonymous - 2006-08-06
Squirrels are not pets. They are wild animals, and having raised two orphans I can attest to this. Everywhere in the US that I know of, they are illegal to keep and you need a permit from USF&W to get one. Just a note for people who think getting a squirrel would be "cute."

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chris - 2006-06-14
Flying squirrels are amazing pets! I have only had mine about a month now and I am so blessed to have him. With all exotics, however, they do require more work than a cat or dog so be sure that you are ready to commit before you get one. Make sure also that you have spent many hours researching the care of the pet and are as knowledgeable as possible before acquiring one. The best resouce of the internet regarding flying squirrels is www.nfsa.us. That is the National Flying Squirrel Association. It is intended for current or potential pet owners to learn about and share experiences regarding pet flying squirrels. There is a ton of information on the messageboard and you can post any questions that you have for speedy responses. I would reccomend to anyone planning on getting a flying squirrel, anyone just interested in learning about them, or anyone who already has one to join the messageboards.

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Crissy tuttle - 2006-05-29
They are horrible when you want them they gliding around.

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adeline - 2006-05-27
i have a pet baby grey squirrel, he is about 1 month and a half old, i have bottle-fed him since he was a few weeks old, now he follows me everywhwere and comes when i snap my fingers. whenever he sees me, he comes up to the cage door and begs to play and maybe have a treat, as soon as i open the door, he leaps onto my shoulder and makes a purring noise similar to a cat, he is a super friend!!! :)

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