He's alright and full grown and has long since been put back to the wild.
I was looking in my files for something that might be of human interest.
I recalled this event. It was just over two years ago now.
Just before dark I went out to the back of my house and looked for the nest
high up, 20 feet up in the palm. I had watched the mother squirrel make that nest.
But with concern that I had not seen her all day. And then I looked down at my feet.
Ants swarmed over two tiny dead bodies, both nearly gone already.
And I looked further and found him, perfectly unharmed, just at the base of the palm.
It was like that.
Scooped him up very carefully.
Not knowing what to do next, I got on the 'net and looked,
and found a wildlife expert, a Miami-Dade County fireman, who, from his home,
offers first aid to rescued animals.
So within an hour the wee fellow was cradled
on tissue paper in an empty Kleenex box, and driven to the fireman's home.
He's good with these animals. We were feeding the tyke in short order.
The top picture shows the squirrel at my home just after the find.
The other two pictures were taken at the fireman's home;
that middle picture shows the finish of the feeding, see how much plumper he is already?
He was dehydrated before.
And the last picture shows him ready for his new bed.
The baby squirrel went the next day to a fully staffed, volunteer wildlife center up in the next county.
In time this squirrel was ready to go on and climb trees, just like....
my late father sang to me when I was a child,
Angus McFergus McTavish Dundee
There was a grey squirrel, lived up in a tree,
Named Angus McFergus McTavish Dundee.
Frisking high in the branches, oh, merry was he,
Was Angus McFergus McTavish Dundee.
He nibbled on nuts he had stored, don't you see,
This Angus McFergus McTavish Dundee.
And he bombed all the picnickers under his tree,
Did Angus McFergus McTavish Dundee.
Were I not myself, now I'd much like to be
Like Angus McFergus Mctavish Dundee.
I'd not pay the rent, and my meals would be free
Beside Angus McFergus Mctavish Dundee.
pardon my lousy voice? I'm only a squirrel, you know!