This plan has not been updated after Hazel arrived a week later after Pinea.
But, the release plan remains the same.
Pinea and Hazel, the plan of action.
Thursday the 13th of April:
A neighbor of the apartment complex i live in knocked on my door.
He asked if Tintin was missing,
cause there was a Squirrel that tried to enter the Lobby of my complex.
I knew Tintin was sleeping so i rushed out to see what was going on.
The little, scared, wet and very dirty squirrel
came right up to me and i brought her inside.
I cleaned her up, brushed her off and tried feeding her some kitten milk.
She wasn’t interested in the milk at the given time
so i let her rest and tried again later.
Later the same day i tried given her milk again but she didn’t want it.
Her stomach has apparently already gotten use to solid foods
so i placed a bunch of organic nuts, without shell, in her sleeping area.
I could hear her munching away in her bed and later that day,
she pooped and peed. All good signs.
She was very unsteady on her legs and squinted her eyes,
so i suspected she had a concussion and called the vet the morning of the 18th.
She’s about 9 weeks old.
Pinea has been diagnosed with a concussion at the Vet the 18th of April.
The concussion may last up until 5 weeks, the time for her release.
She came in at 5 ounces, 140 grams, which was a bit too low for the vet’s liking.
Release date around mid May depending on strength.
Squirrels usually start venturing out on their own around week 12.
Boys might get kicked out sooner and girls might stay longer.
Bonding and relationship:
Pinea is in a fragile stage of her life and
still needs love, affection, nursing and caring.
If not from parents, then from the foster.
Separation will be similar to the wild, but with benefits.
Pinea will eventually feel the need to venture out on her own
and it’s important for the foster to know the exact time for release.
This is also the most difficult moment for the foster parent,
the time to let go of the precious baby.
When the time finally does come,
it’s important that her current nesting materials gets moved along with her.
The squirrel house will be cleaned out, filled with fresh stuffing
including her own current bedding and fresh food.
She will venture out from that nest and explore her surroundings.
As night falls and it starts to get cold,
she will find her way back to that house.
Most squirrel species, including red and gray squirrels,
will only attach themselves to one human and no one else.
Red Squirrel girls are known to team up and
watch over each other, even if they aren’t related.
So Pinea’s changes in this area are much better,
as there’s a chance she’ll team up with Bianca and her daughter, Bella.
Her home isn’t far from the squirrel feeder and our own home.
Pinea is always welcome to visit, get snacks and say hey to Tintin.
Eventually, Pinea will grow up to be a beautiful lady with her own little puppies.
She might bring them around us, to show off her achievements.
This, this is worth all the time and effort put into helping her.
Tintin is being a good role model for Pinea, as best as he knows how.
Tintin himself isn’t a wild squirrel but
he does have a few communication skills he can pass on to Pinea.
As well as nesting tips and playing skills.
Tiger is not and will not be introduced to Pinea,
as she needs her fear of cats when she gets released.
Tiger is having a bit of a deja-vu from Coco and Tintin,
in that he stays as far away from Pinea as possible.
Something Coco insisted on when she fostered Tintin.
The Eurasian Red Squirrel is an endangered species and
it’s highly illegal to capture, have and/or hold as pets.
If you do not have special permission
from government officials and/or wildlife services,
do not attempt this yourselves.
Always contact your local wildlife services
if you find an orphan or injured animal.
If you cannot reach them, contact your local fire department.
If all this fails, use the rescue guide available on Tintin’s website.
Decan Andersen, 19/04/2017