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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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Reg - 2006-05-12
Flying squirrels are sooo cute! I don't own one, but am hoping to get one soon!!

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steve - 2006-03-19
I am a lineman who accidently destroyed a grey squirrels nest while replacing some lines that had been chewed through.(they do that a lot) I called my wife and had her call a rehab center to find out if the mother would abandon the destroyed nest. They said "she would likely not return to the nest". I put him in my beany hat and brought him home a week ago. A 1 to 2 week old pinky we named "scooter".
We called a vet and they said to feed him "kitten formula" So for a week we have been feeding him evedently the wrong food. Some sites say kitten formula will kill them and others say its "not good for them". So today I will get puppy formula and pray the change will not kill him.

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chela - 2006-02-28
My best friend has always had a soft spot for squirrels, so when we found one about 5 weeks old that probally lost his family in a bad storm we decided to keep him and see how it goes in raising him. We named him Nutso. We live in a dorm so he is constantly interacting with other people and receives a ton of attention. He loves to go outside and sit on our shoulders.

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Chris & Alice - 2006-01-21
My wife and I have "Rocky" an eastern gray. He is an adult picked up off the road with two broken legs, a fractured skull, fracture over his eye socket, broken incisors and several cuts and contusions. It had to be a miracle he recovered. It took several months of intense therapy to get him healthy. He is not a pet, he is our companion and wonderful friend. Rocky contradicts all the horror stories we have read about squirrels not assimilating to human interaction. That written, one may say it was the result of his injuries. Then we got Jesse when he escaped from the talons of a hawk and dropped in the road in front of my car. He had no significant injuries. We introduced him to Rocky. They are best of friends. They are both mature males. They both assimilate with my wife & I and our German shepherd, Red. Our experience is, they are, gentle, kind, loyal, very intellegent and not a mean bone between them over the last 4 years.

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Elaine - 2006-01-18
I found a nest of 3 babies when the limb their nest was in fell, no hair, eyes closed, on 09/09/05. One female died immediately, most likely from internal injuries, but the other female and male I raised successfully, thanks to the internet and directions I received. Since they are supposed to open their eyes at 5 weeks, I estimated their birth date at 08/25/05... making them 4 months old Christmas Day. I have a nice 4 story cage for them, and turned them loose in my house during the day... and dearly loved them. They were soooo funny... and had their affectionate moments... but they are also VERY curious and into things they shouldn't be. I picked up the phone to make a call and it was dead... they chewed through the wire. Later, they chewed through 2 lamp wires, one while it was on. I heard this ominous snap, crackle, pop, ran in there and the lamp wire was a goner, and the squirrel was furiously rubbing its mouth on the carpet. I finally drug the cage outside, and after letting them get used to outdoors, opened the door. The cage is still by the big oak, and I leave snacks for them. They still come to me, and tolerate my petting them... the female more so than the male, she is much more affectionate and sociable. They sleep in the big oak, and one rainy night she returned to the cage and her warm dry nest, but he roughed it in the tree. I cried and cried when I let them go, and I'm usually out there before daylight waiting on the sun to come up so I can greet them... they brought me a LOT of pleasure and joy... and I fear that something will get them... but they seem a lot happier out there. I did bring the female inside to visit one day, and she enjoyed visiting her old haunts, and crawled in my lap and cuddled for a while, but then she would go back and forth to the door, and as time went on she'd get more frantic... so she was very happy to go back out to her tree. For now, I have to be content with them visiting me often and letting me pet them and feed them snacks. I did fall totally in love with them and would love to do it again. And again.

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debbie whitlock - 2005-12-22
my southern flying squirrel is a sweetheart! his name is chewey. my laborador, ruby, brought him into the yard on one very nasty and rainy day. she was pushing him around in a puddle while he loudly protested. upon trying to release chewey onto a huge oak tree in my yard-which i soon realized was not going to be successful- i brought him in the house to let him dry off and rest with the full intention of letting him go as soon as possible. looking closer it was easy to see that chewey was a very young squirrel, not more than 10 weeks old. once the poor thing realized that we werent going to hurt him he stopped trying to bite and began to allow us to hold him. we used gloves at first but now the only time i use gloves to touch chewey is when im ready to put him back in his enclosure and hes not ready to go. boy does he chirp his disapproval! chewey is about 19 or 20 weeks old now and has really bonded with me. hes really alot of fun to have around!

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Aniris - 2005-12-20
In november I got my very first flying squirrel. It is a little girl and i love her so much. she is so cute. her name is Faline(like in the movie Bambi!). we bonded very fast. I take her everywhere with me, she is so good. We play hide and go seek and when i find her i tap her on her nose and she goes runnig to hide again! we have such fun together.s he is my baby and i love her so much. :)

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Rocky and the Youngs - 2005-11-26
I just lost my pet squirrel Rocky :( We only had him for a week but his eyes were open and he had all his hair when my friend brought him to me to care for. I along with the kids and my wife fell in love instantly. He was just cutting his top teeth and nursing perfectly, preferred to sleep in my pocket and loved to sleep curled up in a little ball. He was so gentle, loving and left a big hole in our lives when he passed away suddenly just 3 days ago. After all the tears had been shed we held a small private graveside service followed by a song from my daughter. I explained to my kids that it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, at 6 and 8 years old they completely understood! Don't take your pet for granted, and give him a little extra squeeze for the Young family!

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Bianca - 2005-11-26
I found my gray squirrel a year and 2 months ago. i was on my way home from school and i saw i dead squirrel laying in the road. well, me being Buddhist, I went over to the deceased squirrel to take it off of the road and bury it. But as i approached it, I saw that there was a little brown ball of fur next to it. When i picked it up, i saw that it was a baby squirrel. It was huddling up near its deceased mother in order to keep warm. So, i took the mother and the baby off of the road and buried the mother and took the little baby home with me. When i got home i called the nearest vet and told them what has happened and i asked them how to take care of it, and you will never guess what they told me to do, they told me to bring it in so that they could youthanize it. I was appauled by what the woman said, so i said, "Just because it is orphaned, and is a baby, you want to kill it?! I thought that you were supposed to help animals!" That was the end of that vet...anyway,i bought baby formula and fed it through a baby bunny bottle, and now ive had her ever since. She has never bittten me or anyone else. In fact, shes sleeping in my one arm right now, so im holding a squirrel in one arm and typing with the other!:)The funny thing is that when she was a baby i could have swore that it was a boy, so i named her Rodney, well, a year later it turns out that its a girl...by then she knew her name as Rodney, so it was too late for a new name.Shes a great pet, whoever said that squirrels are wild and will turn against you are NUTS.I love my squirrel more than anything in the world, and makes me happy to see that other people think so too. keep up the good work. by the way, i think im the only one that has a harness for little Rodney, and she is the luckiest squirrel around because she has the run of the house, thank goodness that she scratches at the door when she has to go outside! -Bianca,age 16 NY

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