Thursday, 2 May 2019

SQUIRREL WITH BABY


This morning while wasting time looking out of the window I witnessed something I have never seen before.
There running up the pavement was a squirrel with a large lump of something in its mouth.
On looking closer I thought it was another, maybe dead squirrel but then I realised it was a baby she had in her mouth.
She kept stopping under each car  I guess to make sure it was clear to move on to underneath another before taking a run across the road and up a side street.
They have been trimming all of the trees that line our long road and I am thinking that maybe they have disturbed the squirrel's nest and it was moving all of the babies one by one.

I know lots of people think that squirrels are a pest but I like them and lets face it they don't live long either being caught by a cat or run over so I say live and let live.


This is not my picture but shows one carrying its young.

This made me think..
Why do they trim the trees when all the birds and for that, the squirrels are nesting??

21 comments:

  1. That is a very good question. It seems like a terrible time of year to trim trees. I don't do any trimming until late summer.

    Even though squirrels drive me crazy, damaging all that they do in our garden, I would never want to harm them. As you said, their lives are hard enough already!

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  2. Poor little mama squirrel. Such unnecessary grief for them. People are so thoughtless when it comes to nature,

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  3. We have a lot of squirrels around our house but I've never seen one carrying her baby. You were certainly lucky to see that. Do your kitties love to watch them? Ours think they are the best entertainment ever.

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    1. When kitty was alive she used to allow one into the kitchen to eat nuts, she just sat and watched, I have a photo somewhere.

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  4. There is a cut off date of 1st March for hedge cutting / trimming by farmers in Wales, I wonder if it applies to anywhere else? We too have squirrels that frequent our garden and although they gobble up the bird food they are quite cute.

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  5. I rehabilitate squirrels, they are very loving to each other and that's adorable 🐹

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  6. OMG, what an adorable squirel! I didn't know that was the way they carried babies!

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  7. I would ask your local council re the cutting. I thought everywhere had cut off points. We do here, nothing gets cut, trimmed or anything while nesting is going on.

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  8. We never trim shrubs here until August. We have a big oak tree on our property that has a nest of squirrels in it every year. We have so much fun watching the little ones chase each other up and down and around the trees.

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  9. Poor mama ... Like you said, it seems wrong to be trimming trees when the creatures living in them are raising families. I notice other commenters saying there is a cut-off date for trimming where they live. That seems like the humane and sensible way.

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  10. Mankind is destroying the earth. God made us the earth to care for, and we are NOT. The rate the rainforest is being cut down is astonishing, and it kills so many animals that will become extinct. Seems all we care about is conquering everything in sight. So sad that this poor squirrel had it's home destroyed. I like squirrels too. They are clever and do not give up.

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    1. I'm sick of hearing people talking about various birds and animals as 'pests' Ginny. Pigeons, squirrels, rats, birds of prey, rooks, starlings and many, many more are hated, WHY? everything has a right to live in my opinion and usually if there are too many of one species it is because man has interfered somewhere along the line.

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    2. I agree Briony.All wild life should be respected and not be looked on as pest.In Oxford,3 years ago,me and my daughter had an argument with a man in the street who thought it entertaining to let his 10 year old son run after a poor pigeon who was struggling to fly away.I cant say on here what we said to him as a few swear words were thrown in the mix...but we let him know what sort of person he was and was bringing his son up to be the same as him.Cruel and vile.He stomped off rubbing his fat beer gut saying that he loved pigeon pie.Revolting individual...We get lots of squirrels in my garden and I think they are lovely to watch!xx

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    3. I agree with you all a million percent. Furthermore, I would add the trees themselves to that - so many trees just destroyed or hacked back, for no good reason at all usually just to save money. People seem to positively hate nature! I love pigeons and squirrels.
      Sandra

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  11. What a treat to see that. We have 5 squirrels that come into our garden. DH has made a box so they can lift the lid and take a nut (or two) and we can sit and admire them. I'm not happy when they eat the buds off my camellia bush though, it must be like chocolate is to us!!

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  12. Aw, poor mamma squirrel. Probably frantic about keeping her little ones safe. I enjoy watching them and since I've never had a problem with them other than them cleaning out my bird feeders I don't mind them at all

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  13. I was under the impression it is actually illegal to cut trees if birds are nesting. Not sure if it also applies to squirrels as they are considered vermin but I think they are lovely.

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  14. Humans don't much consider the wild things anymore when decision making, especially when it comes to continually encroaching on the habitat of the creatures of this world. I love watching squirrels but we don't have any here in the desert.

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  15. so sorry she lost her home, hope she was able to save them and move them to a safe place

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