Posted by Jack on 22:49:05 6/14/2014 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Re: Squirrel droppings - orphans survivability? posted by John Fasoldt on 6:50:26 6/14/2014 from 184.108.40.206:
Well, I took off about 20 miles around midnight last night, and gave a little more peanut butter, but she didn't eat much.
I opened the trap and she didn't want to leave it, I banged on the trap to get her out, and she went about a foot and turned around just looked up at me, I could tell she knew it wasn't home territory and she wanted to stay with me. So I stomped my feet some and she cowered down sort of like and old being scolded, then eventually she hopped slowly to the bushes, and I came home.
This afternoon I saw 2 babies, and as for experience with large hamsters about that size, I would guess their about a month old. Tail hair is less than half inch, body about 2/3 of an adult, teeth are about an 1/8 inch.
I set up a branch for them to come out and down a little ways, a few dabs of peanut butter, and a half hour later heard some noise and looked, one was stuck out side the gabble and couldn't get back up and finally dropped, I ran up to it and went under and empty oil jug, all I could do was hold it down and try to yell for a friend to come over and grab a cage so I could put it in it, but the neighbor who showed up may have put a little too much pressure on it and I get the trap off the roof and it was too late, it was dead, a young male. I know there are more up there, I saw one and heard another so I know there is at least one more up there, but I think there should be more than that.
So how many does and young mother normally have?
How long do they live?
The type I have here are a small grey breed, short tails, reddish brown underside. Nowhere near the size of the large Grey Squirrels. So I'm wondering just what type they are.
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