Another Red Squirrel

As I walked out the door to take Chester for his walk this morning, a Red Squirrel fell out of a tree and landed in my yard.  Luckily, Chester Didn’t see him, since he had raced to the back gate.

At first the squirrel headed towards the front gate and I thought he was going to go under and out of the yard, but then he doubled back into the yard.  I think he was a little stunned from the fall, but he was moving ok.  I was just worried that Chester would see him.  He decided to stop at my big Elm tree and went up a few feet.  Then he stopped for pictures.  🙂

Seeing him come down like that reminded me of the year (several years ago) when Grey Squirrels were falling out of the trees.  Those were not happy days.  The first one took his last breath just as I got to him and the 2nd one broke his back, but did not die on his own. He could use his front legs to crawl and he could still move quickly, but couldn’t climb.  I called the Wildlife Rehabilitation Group, who advised me to catch him if I could and to take him to a vet to have him put to sleep.  Catching him was not easy, but with the help of a neighbour, we managed to get him into a box and I took him in.  It was around this time of year and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Group said that accidents a fairly common once the spring babies get out on their own.

Here are the results of this morning’s photo shoot of the Red Squirrel.  He looks a little ruffled, and I’m sure he just stayed there to catch his breath, but I got a few shots of him anyway.  He was still there when we left, but had gone by the time we returned from the walk.

Red Squirrel July 9
Red Squirrel July 9
Red Squirrel July 9
Red Squirrel July 9
Red Squirrel July 9
Red Squirrel July 9
Red Squirrel July 9
Red Squirrel July 9
Red Squirrel July 9
Red Squirrel July 9

So far on Africam today, we have seen Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Zebra, Nyala, Waterbuck, Impala, African Harrier Hawk, Crowned Eagle, Baboon, Hamerkop, Reedbuck, Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Side-striped Jackal, Bushbuck, Common Duiker, Black Eagle and chick and Salome, our Cheetah with her 3 cubs.  Click here to see all of today’s pictures.