Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Little Pip.... she's so tiny she looks about the size of a chipmunk in the cage!
I'm still bringing them in at night but it won't be long before that stops also. By yesterday afternoon they had already tired themselves out and discovered the safety of the den box to curl up in and sleep. Now that they are familiar with where the shelter, food, pool and litter box are in the pen it's just a matter of me feeling they are capable of staying in there permanently without supervision since some of them are very small for their ages! (So basically I'm just a nervous nelly for a mom! LOL)
Tuft's held on to Sammy the Muskrat to see if they can figure out what is wrong with him and fix him up. He's in good hands now and hopefully will get better then come back to join us! I have to check in with them at the beginning of the week so fingers crossed!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
This branch is a little wobbly.....
This tree is perfect!
She reminds me a lot of Lexi...she's got the same face. She will start to get supervised visits with the younger kids during the day as soon as the necropsy results come back (if ever!!) and I know they were not exposed to anything contagious. She will have to come inside at night until her vaccines are boostered though. Have to make sure she is not exposed to anything by the wild coonies that might visit the cage area at night until she's had enough vaccines to protect her.
I did try a brief introduction to the older NCIS and Attitude kids.....she was not very pleased about that at all! Although she's the same size as them, she's been a single coonie so she would probably be more comfortable with the smaller ones, but we'll see.
Drake and Quarry, the boy and girl from the Dracut Quarry who were buried by the asphalt landslide, are doing great and will be out of quarantine on Sunday I believe......then I can get pics of them once I don't have to worry about contaminating the camera! They will also join Pansy out in the shed and all 3 can eventually be introduced to the younger kids making one big group of 11!
The skunks are great...eating solids regularly and getting ready to go outside if I can get a pen set up. Sammy the Muskrat is hitching a ride with JoAnn to Tufts this morning to get checked out. He's loosing weight despite eating well so I want him checked, not being all that familiar with them or their ailments. Lets keep our fingers crossed for him! (At least I think it's a him! LOL Not quite as obvious as coonies!) I really like the little guy!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The basement isn't smelling all that fresh and clean either...not with these five little stinkers that have recently moved in! They've got a nice hutch full of dirt and they are loving it! Already eating solid foods.....mice seem to be their favorite...yummy! It won't be long before these guys have to go outside.
When I was out last night filling the feeders I ran into Red. She brought the kids in to visit grammy! 4 beautiful kits that look just like her! I got some very cute video with my phone but doesn't seem to be compatible here so I'm sorry to say I am unable to show you! Bummer! Button also ran in real quick, grabbed some treats from me, then off she went again.
The final kit has joined the family. She was being cared for by another rehabber until weaned and is now here to join the gang and finally make some coonie friends. Her name is Pansy (No...I am not responsible for that name! LoL...that's all on you Lisa!) and she's beautiful! I'm going to try soon to take a minute or 2 to get some updated pics of the gang finally.
We are STILL waiting for necropsy results from Tufts! Laurie spoke to them yesterday and they said another week. SIGH!!! I've been getting the outdoor pen ready for the younger gang...just waiting to see if I should be concerned about anything contagious or not. Patience is a virtue I guess!
Friday, June 18, 2010
I'm really hoping to see pups following these guys one of these days! That would be awesome!
I thought this was Popeye at first.....the face is unmistakable...but upon further review of the accompanying video to this picture, it isn't. There is one other however, with the same face as Popeye.....his sister Foxy! Sure enough this is definitely a mom and with that face I am very confident it's our elusive Foxy girl! A very pleasant surprise indeed!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Awww...how cute it that! This one follows me around begging until I go get it some treats! LOL
Reminds me of JoAnn's Luna that was released here a couple years ago who literally used to follow me around everywhere I went in the woods for a while.
So sucker that I am, I get a big bucket of nuts and put it out there for them to snack on....and the whole gang appears. They hang out and play and eat and watch me walk back and forth while I go about my business taking care of the coonies outside.
Right now there are 5 new squirrels in the release pen. 4 are from JoAnn and 1 that had been rescued by the animal control officer. I call him Little Monster because he was an older baby and tried to attack me whenever I went near the cage! It was a race to see if I could throw his food and water in there and clean the litter box before he got to me to try to tear me apart! LOL He's much happier in the huge release pen with 4 friends now. I can at least go in there without fear of attack.
Laurie will be bringing some red squirrels soon to go into one of the other squirrel pens for release so almost up to a full house again!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
They're not staying in the den box. Eventually mom signalled for the little one to follow her and off they went into the woods. It was a relief to see they are doing well! Hopefully I'll get some good video of them on the cooncam!
Monday, June 14, 2010
Got some cute video of the tiny kit at the feeding platform. I don't think they are still there. It appears they left the night I found them there. Something may have happened to the original den and mom just needed a place to stop and regroup with the one kit she had. It's unusual for one so young to be out traveling with mom yet so I hope they are safe. It will be a lot easier for mom to keep an eye on and protect just one kit though so hopefully things will go well for them.
These kits are the proper size to be out traveling with mom now. You can see the difference between the little guy and this crew! As you can see it's quite a busy station which is why most don't use the den box up there....it's just a place to hang out while visiting each night, however it is good for emergency situations as may have been the case here.
No sign of mom or kit after this so hopefully she got the little one some place safe...although I have to say, it was pretty good at getting around! Mom wasn't carrying it up and down the tree....he(or she) was doing it all by itself!
Good luck little one....I'll be keeping my eyes out for ya to see how you do!