If I seem careless about answering my comments, please know that I am reading them. Finding time to read my favorite blogs, leave comments, and answer my own is more complicated right now because I'm caring for three baby squirrels. I may not have mentioned it, but I'm a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, which means I've taken classes on wildlife care, and was licensed by California to do this work. And work it is. It's very gratifying, but squirrels are complicated little devils and require a lot of attention while they are young. That's why I urge anyone who finds injured squirrels, or any wildlife for that matter, to contact a Wildlife Rehabilitation group to handle the care. All wildlife have specific nuitritional requirements and if these aren't met, the consequences can be terrible. We often see things like metabolic bone disease in animals fed an inadequte diet. Plus, adorable as they look, they are wild animals and become difficult to deal with when they're older. OK, lecture over!
The top picture is Boo and Scout, a male and female Fox squirrel. I recently saw To Kill A Mockingbird again for the umpteenth time--hence the names. I don't know the back story on Boo and Scout, but I would bet they fell out of their nest, a very common occurrence with baby squirrels. They are healthy now and full of energy. They're probably around seven weeks old and still drinking formula.
This is Atticus, also a Fox squirrel. He's much smaller and it's been a bit dicey with him. A cat found him, and brought him to his owner as a gift. Cats will do that. Fortunately, he wasn't injured by the cat, and the owner brought him to the wildlife group where I'm part of the Squirrel Team. He's probably around 6 weeks old, but is very small. It's been a challenge to get him to this point. But, he seems to be getting better.
And Upsie never gets to see them. But, she can smell them, so she is a tad put out that she can't "play" with them. Eventually, after weaning, they'll go to a special place where they will "wild up" and lose their desire to be around people. Their wild nature kicks in very quickly. We don't release them near neighborhoods. I don't want my squirrels to go into anyone's attic!