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Baby Squirrel Finds Home Alongside Michigan Cats
Times Union ^ | Friday, May 11, 2012

Posted on 05/12/2012 7:42:47 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A baby squirrel is finding a home of sorts alongside a cat and her kittens in Michigan.

Eight-year-old Bailee Schultz heard the squirrel whimpering a few weeks ago in a wooded area of his grandparents' property in Bay County's Bangor Township. Stephanie Box tells MLive.com (http://bit.ly/IX2Oqj ) Bailee brought her to the squirrel, which was under a nest.

Box says she placed the squirrel they call Bushytail with her cat, Oreo, who recently gave birth to five kittens. The next day, Box says the squirrel was nursing side-by-side with the kittens. They've also seen Oreo lick Bushytail.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: animals; cats; cute; heartwarmingstories; kittyping; mothering; squirrel

1 posted on 05/12/2012 7:42:55 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Slings and Arrows
Ping
2 posted on 05/12/2012 7:51:14 PM PDT by SirLurkedalot (My carry permit was issued in 1791.)
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To: nickcarraway

There was a YouTube video out a couple of years ago about another squirrel that was nursed by a cat. It actually learned to purr. So cute...


3 posted on 05/12/2012 8:11:58 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: nickcarraway

Cute! I’ve noticed that my fat cats have quit bothering the fat squirrels in my yard. I never thought I’d see that day.


4 posted on 05/12/2012 8:29:40 PM PDT by pallis
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve raised baby squirrels and once they’re that size and their eyes are open, they should be switched to rodent chow/puppy milk replacement mush.

[cat milk is not nutritionally sufficient for baby squirrels, anyway]

In about two weeks they should start offering it nuts and seeds.

[NO peanuts..they deplete calcium]


5 posted on 05/12/2012 8:31:57 PM PDT by Salamander (If I'm too rough, tell me.....I'm so scared your little head will come off in my hands.)
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To: nickcarraway
Adorable! Boise Shooters has a lengthy pedigree of squirrel stories. Most call them tree rats. Some of us think they're cute.
6 posted on 05/12/2012 8:40:17 PM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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7 posted on 05/12/2012 8:43:43 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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8 posted on 05/12/2012 8:44:06 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Salamander

Sunflower seeds (unsalted of course) and pecans shelled. EWnglish walnuts shelled are great, too. The little ones make great pets if you get them before their eyes open. There was a Doctor who had his offices in his old family mansion down in Eufala, AL, IIRC. He had a squirrel that lived in the house, had its own room with a large tree branch for furnishings. The kids loved that entertainment. He would crawl all over people looking for treats in their pockets.


9 posted on 05/12/2012 8:47:58 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: nickcarraway

Squirrel’s just a rat with a bushy tail.


10 posted on 05/12/2012 8:48:37 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: Salamander

Sunflower seeds (unsalted of course) and pecans shelled. EWnglish walnuts shelled are great, too. The little ones make great pets if you get them before their eyes open. There was a Doctor who had his offices in his old family mansion down in Eufala, AL, IIRC. He had a squirrel that lived in the house, had its own room with a large tree branch for furnishings. The kids loved that entertainment. He would crawl all over people looking for treats in their pockets.


11 posted on 05/12/2012 8:48:43 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: nickcarraway

That’s a rough bunch of siblings to grow up with. I’ll bet the kittens call him ‘dinner’.

Just for fun, of course ;-)


12 posted on 05/12/2012 8:54:11 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: nickcarraway

How cute is that?


13 posted on 05/12/2012 9:03:22 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: Salamander

Yes, dog’s milk is mo bedda for them


14 posted on 05/12/2012 9:10:06 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1209 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: nickcarraway

Raised three fox squirrels one time. I bottle fed them and cut the whole milk about half and half with water-I think. They cant hack whole milk and will die if you try and give them that. You have to cut the milk.

Problem is, when they crawl on you they poop a lot. The thing that amazed me was their paws. They have those little knuckles and can pick up things and handle them. They can crack open a nut so quick it is unreal.


15 posted on 05/12/2012 9:13:21 PM PDT by crz
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16 posted on 05/12/2012 9:15:57 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah c<meth. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: combat_boots

LOL That’s so cute.


17 posted on 05/12/2012 9:43:44 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: nickcarraway

I wish I had a pet squirrel like that. I could let my Borzoi puppy practice chasing him.


18 posted on 05/12/2012 9:51:52 PM PDT by Sapwolf (Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty. -Sowell)
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To: andyk
I bribe our squirrels with old crackers or bread so they'll stop trying to steal birdseed from our “squirrel-proof” bird feeder. I lay them out on the deck rail right outside the breakfast room window and they'll sit there and eat the crackers holding them with both hands (paws) turning them around as they nibble away. Our cat, Beaux, loves to watch them through the shutters and he “chirps” at them as they run around. We also keep large flat plastic dishes on plant stands filled with clean, every day changed, water and they as well as the birds love to drink and/or bath in it. Quite a neat show while having the morning coffee.
19 posted on 05/12/2012 10:09:15 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: boatbums

Thier local DNR rep will now show up at thier door,kill the baby and fine them.Happened to a friend of mine.


20 posted on 05/12/2012 11:49:27 PM PDT by Craftmore
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To: andyk

Actually they are extraterrestrials. Those nests that they make way up in the tree in winter are portals for them to do to the mother ship. Think about it. They go in, but do you ever see one come out?


21 posted on 05/13/2012 5:12:53 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: Mercat

I agree with the ET slant - Red Squirrels are the evil ringleaders.


22 posted on 05/13/2012 5:33:41 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: boatbums
Our cat, Beaux, loves to watch them through the shutters and he “chirps” at them as they run around.

That's a pretty good description for that weird noise cats start to make when they see critters outside!
23 posted on 05/13/2012 8:27:42 AM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: nickcarraway

The squirels around us have been feasting on the brood 1 17 year cicadas that came out this year. I think they eat everything but the red eyes and wings judging by the detritus that falls out of the trees.

Freegards


24 posted on 05/13/2012 8:41:11 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: MHGinTN

And pumpkin seeds and *almonds*.

The almonds are especially needful as they supply lots of calcium, magnesium, manganese and oodles of other vitamins and minerals.

Squiggy [the one I had to keep due to her birth defects] always got a serving of almonds every day no matter what else I fed her.


25 posted on 05/13/2012 9:24:51 AM PDT by Salamander (If I'm too rough, tell me.....I'm so scared your little head will come off in my hands.)
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Yup.


26 posted on 05/13/2012 9:26:52 AM PDT by Salamander (If I'm too rough, tell me.....I'm so scared your little head will come off in my hands.)
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To: combat_boots

That’s a pretty good photo shop job. Bundle of fluff they are!


27 posted on 05/13/2012 9:41:54 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: andyk; boatbums
"Our cat, Beaux, loves to watch them through the shutters and he “chirps” at them as they run around."

Mine as well! It's that "yek yek yek" at a constant flow. Their faces scruntch up as they do "that weird noise" thing!

28 posted on 05/13/2012 12:49:31 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Craftmore
Thier local DNR rep will now show up at thier door,kill the baby and fine them.Happened to a friend of mine.

Huh?

29 posted on 05/13/2012 1:41:41 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: boatbums

DNR Dept of Natural Resources,,,fish and game wardens etc,,,Dont like people taking care of wild animals


30 posted on 05/14/2012 2:06:15 AM PDT by Craftmore
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To: Ransomed

The cicada cycle fascinates me.


31 posted on 05/15/2012 12:00:12 PM PDT by mcshot (God bless the USA!)
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