Saturday, September 26, 2009

jerry. september 25, 2009

ok, well, this is about all i could get of jerry, hiding in the tube. there are 2 girls and 2 boys in jerry's family...the boys hide and the girls come out to say hi and get some peanuts. the girls mature faster ...imagine that. the boys were very fearful making those scared squirrel noises we've all heard coming from the trees
...especially if your a dog owner.

i'll be going out of town for a few weeks so i suspect jerry will be pretty much a full blown squirrel when i get back. Yvonne and i plan to release them in my yard, so even though they are about ready to go, she'll hold off until my return. getting up close to cage full of almost mature squirrels is actually pretty intimidating... it should be an interesting experience.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

jerry. september 16, 2009

jerry briefly chilling on my shoulder...operative word - 'briefly'.

Yvonne and i plan to take jerry and his 'siblings' to my house for their release. it makes me happy to think i'll be able to watch them run the trees. and maybe they'll decide to stick around.

like i figured, jerry is getting harder to photograph, hardly ever sitting still. squirrel curiosity had him checking out my camera.

my first squirrel bite. really just a nibble. one of jerry's fiesty sisters mistook me for a nut... let me rephrase edible nut...

i photographed this guy because he's so cute and its amazing how individual all these creatures are. notice how his head is a totally different shape than jerry's.

would you know what these were if you found them on the ground?
i'm not sure if i would have.... well, before now anyway.
these three are about a week old.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

jerry. september 11, 2009

the days of sitting still, curling up and chilling out are over.
jerry squirms when held aloft, runs up and down my arms, sits on top
of my head and pees on my shoulder. glad he didn't pee on my head.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

jerry. september 4, 2009

this little guys is full of energy...he's squirrelly. we tried feeding him so he would be chilled and maybe sleepy, but he was far too interested in watching me. the idea that he recognizes me is heart warming, if not illogical.

jerry is in the hands of Yvonne's apprentice, Lorraine. we couldn't manage to get him into a sleepy curl, but i think its still pretty apparent how fast he grows. a month ago i could hardly imagine him looking like this. Lorraine has five other squirrels that are a few weeks older than jerry. they aren't friendly to strangers, which is how it should be. but i wonder...when jerry gets to that point, will he remember me?

this is one of Lorraine's charges forcefully asking me to back off.

i love those squirrel feet.