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Newborn baby squirrel


Newborn baby squirrel
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Copyright: Alli Hemingway (annagrace) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 527 W: 18 N: 851] (2996)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus C4000Z
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-09-12 15:15
Viewed: 6649
Points: 18
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My new nanny (who is British like my friend Alan Turvey - liquidsunshine!) rescued this newborn squirrel after her cat brought it into her house. The baby eats special milk from a wild animal baby bottle. He eats 1/2 ounce each time, every four hours around the clock! It's just like having a newborn baby human but she doesn't have to change diapers.


Eastern Gray Squirrels are members of the rodent family, and spend most of their lives in trees.

Eastern Gray Squirrels can grow 17 to 20 inches long. They have grayish-brown fur, except for their bellies, which have pale fur. The tail often has silvery-tipped hairs at the end.

Eastern Gray Squirrels usually live in forests, but they are also seen in yards, gardens, and city parks. Basically, they live anywhere there are large, deciduous trees.

These squirrels live in trees year-round, either in cavities or nests they build out of leaves. Cavities are often old woodpecker holes. Nests are usually high up in tree crotches. Nests are hard to see in the summer, because they are made with green leaves, and are hidden by foliage.

The trees most commonly used by Eastern Gray Squirrels to live in are White Oak, American Beech, American Elm, Red Maple, and Sweetgum, though they will use others also.

Squirrels mate in the winter, and you can often see males chasing females up, down, and around trees. Once mated, both the male and female build the nest.
Eastern Gray Squirrels have two litters each year. The first is in the spring, the second in late summer. Two or three young are in each litter. The second litter spends the winter with their mother.

Eastern Gray Squirrels usually live to be about five years old. They survive with their good sense of vision, smell, and hearing. They also have incredible balance. They rarely fall from trees and hurt themselves. They can run headfirst down a tree trunk. Eastern Gray Squirrels are also excellent swimmers.

This squirrel's greatest tool may be its tail. It uses it for balance, shade from the sun, as an umbrella, a blanket, and as a rudder when swimming.

Eastern Gray Squirrels are very active, especially in the morning and evening (crepuscular times). During these times they are constantly moving. Usually, they are looking for food.

The diet of Eastern Gray Squirrels includes: acorns, hickory nuts, walnuts, beechnuts, maple (buds, bark, and samaras), Yellow Poplar blossoms, American Hornbeam seeds, apples, fungi, Black Cherry, Flowering Dogwood, grapes, sedges, grasses, American Holly, insects (adults and larvae), baby birds, bird eggs, and amphibians. Sometimes they even eat each other!
http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/StratfordLandingES/Ecology/mpages/eastern_gray_squirrel.htm

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Lovely picture of a lovely little creature! And how wonderful that it was saved and taken care of! I hope it will survive!

Hello Alli

Lovely capture and model with a high cute-factor. Very nice dof, great, natural colours. It was great luck for this little chap that some one was quick enough to rescue him/her. I am sure that if you treat him well and afterwards set him free he will come back from time to time just to check his surrogate family and may be to get a little snack;-) - at least I hope so. I hope you will have a great time watching him to grow up. If so you might post some new pictures of him - that would be nice.

Hi Alli,

What a cutie, excellent shot and well done on the composition and details.

I hope this one when he's older and able to run around doesn't fight with the other squirrel when it runs up the pant leg of your hubby, he won't be pleased. LOL

Mike

Hi Alli,
Cutness factor is really high here. Gotta luv all baby animal photos. This one is great in colors and detail. Good luck with the baby. I have raised afew and released them with good success. Be careful, as they will bite hard when they get alittle older.
Scott

Lovely photo, Alli
Very cute, great composition, very good colour and detail.
TFS!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4635 W: 248 N: 4025] (13237)
  • [2005-09-13 8:32]

Hello Alli!
Very cute and perfect capture.Clear details,POV,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hi Alli,
Good to see you've put your trust in a British Nanny!!
This is a good close up shot. Well detailed, good colour and sharpness.
Thanks for posting, your friend from the land of the current holders of the Ashes..

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2152 W: 322 N: 4262] (16936)
  • [2005-09-14 15:51]

Alli, no doubt it's a cute picture. I've never seen one of these animals, no matter if it's a baby one or a grown up.

Thanks for sharing.

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2005-09-15 16:42]

What a nice little fllow. TFS, Alli. A charming presentation.
A sharp photo with great details and colour. Congrats.
JN.

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