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(Huffington Post)   Guy saves a baby squirrel and now they are best friends forever   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 93
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2012-09-24 01:32:03 PM  
So cute!
 
2012-09-24 02:07:13 PM  
tigertailfoods.com

My cat would not tolerate such things.
 
2012-09-24 02:45:10 PM  
Squirrels are like women. Sooner or later, they'll take your nuts.

/Whoever said that is a jerk!
 
2012-09-24 04:15:34 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: Squirrels are like women. Sooner or later, they'll take your nuts.

/Whoever said that is a jerk!


Delivery style reminiscent of Bob Saget. Nice.
 
2012-09-24 04:16:50 PM  
OK. Now that's cute.
 
2012-09-24 04:17:41 PM  
those photos are awesome. I will now foolishly attempt this if the opportunity arises.
 
2012-09-24 04:18:49 PM  
Loved the nutella pic, little guy looked like he was going apeshiat with glee.

But isn't the cocoa in nutella toxic to squirrels?
 
2012-09-24 04:19:47 PM  
Too cute!

My family did this for a squirrel we found in our backyard when I was about 5. He ended up being a pretty mean squirrel though, not nearly as sweet and cute as this guy. We called him Skeeter and let him out in the wild when he was old enough.
 
2012-09-24 04:20:26 PM  
OMG! The one of Minsk sleeping on the cushion is toooo cute!!
 
2012-09-24 04:20:55 PM  
Great, now we're in for two years of "Squirrel Flu" media hysteria...
 
2012-09-24 04:22:45 PM  
Most squirrels are adorable and dependent as babies, acting as a pet might. But they're not and when they mature, they have needs that every wild animal has. They do not like being handled. Etc.

Honestly as sad as it is to say, this squirrel probably has brain damage due to its health problems as a baby. That would explain it's grossly abnormal behavior. Which makes this man keeping it and caring for it ideal, as it's unlikely to survive any other way.

But you'd never see an adult squirrel acting this way normally.
 
2012-09-24 04:24:14 PM  
Awwwe.
 
2012-09-24 04:25:07 PM  

Lady Indica: Most squirrels are adorable and dependent as babies, acting as a pet might. But they're not and when they mature, they have needs that every wild animal has. They do not like being handled. Etc.

Honestly as sad as it is to say, this squirrel probably has brain damage due to its health problems as a baby. That would explain it's grossly abnormal behavior. Which makes this man keeping it and caring for it ideal, as it's unlikely to survive any other way.

But you'd never see an adult squirrel acting this way normally.


why so negative?
 
2012-09-24 04:25:51 PM  
I worked with a guy who would hunt squirrels with a crossbow.

/cute pictures
 
2012-09-24 04:25:51 PM  
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2012-09-24 04:26:49 PM  
My niece, who lives with us, did this. She found a baby squirrel in the yard and took her inside. That was a little over a year ago, and the squirrel is now completely domesticated. She can bring her outside and she will still go back into the house. The cats treat her like another cat, instead of trying to eat her. She doesn't bite my niece, my stepmom, or my dad. She just perches on their shoulders or runs up and down their bodies like they are trees. The only thing she hates is me. Bites me every chance she gets and runs away.
 
2012-09-24 04:27:09 PM  
Dear Squirrel-dude: you misspelled "Minsc"

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-09-24 04:27:10 PM  
Looks like the sappy tag took the day off
 
2012-09-24 04:28:31 PM  
This is not nearly as cute, but we have a squirrel that literally thinks he is an entitled pet now.
We always throw our scraps (bread and such) out the back door, rather than throwing them in the trash. A few months ago, this squirrel started jumping up on the back porch railing, and knocking on the door, as if to say, "Uh, where's my farking bread?!" I'm not kidding - He actually knocks on the door.

It's gotten to a point where he does this every day now. I always have at least a little bit of bread ready for him. We named him Nutley.
 
2012-09-24 04:29:15 PM  

pravetz8c: Lady Indica: Most squirrels are adorable and dependent as babies, acting as a pet might. But they're not and when they mature, they have needs that every wild animal has. They do not like being handled. Etc.

Honestly as sad as it is to say, this squirrel probably has brain damage due to its health problems as a baby. That would explain it's grossly abnormal behavior. Which makes this man keeping it and caring for it ideal, as it's unlikely to survive any other way.

But you'd never see an adult squirrel acting this way normally.

why so negative?


Oh not at all. I think it's awesome he took such good care of Minsk. Plus, he's a pretty hot Russian guy. ;) But typically squirrels make very very poor pets, but because they're so 'pet-like' as babies...some people don't realize. Then it's tough when they have a wild squirrel they can't live with (who can't live with them either) that's ill prepared to survive in the wild.

That's NOT to discourage people from saving baby squirrels. I think you should! I would. But, be prepared for them to need to grow up and move back to the wild. :)
 
2012-09-24 04:32:45 PM  
I'm sure squirrels have short life spans, which is always the crappiest part of these little critter pets. Hell, dogs don't even live long enough. My girlfriend thinks hedgehogs are the cutest thing ever, but their lifespan is 3 years? Fark that. I would feel guilty about having one as a pet anyway.
 
2012-09-24 04:33:15 PM  
my little brother did this twice. he kept them in the house, everwhere in the house. they chewed and scratched lots of stuff, pooped and peed all over. his skin looked like fresh hamburger from letting them run all over him. they were OK when quite small, but once they were adult size they were terrors.

His wife came back from deployment to discover the house destroyed, she ordered the first one outside. two years later when she returned from another deployement she moved out, citing squirrel 2.
 
2012-09-24 04:35:02 PM  

Lady Indica: But typically squirrels make very very poor pets, but because they're so 'pet-like' as babies...some people don't realize.


There's actually a fair amount of stories about people having them as pets, even well into their older years, and it seems to be easier than with your average wild creature. If i recall correctly they were actually popular pets for children in the 50's.
 
2012-09-24 04:36:13 PM  
Why do you name him after a guy who had a pet space hamster and not after the space hamster?

We rescued a baby squirrel once. A contractor had removed him from an attic at a home that being restored, and they put him outside. He was too young to fend for himself, so he just sat in the yard screaming for his mother who never came. My wife brought him home on a Friday, and we took him to a wildlife habitat on the following Monday (it's apparently illegal to domesticate squirrels in some states.) For two days, his name was Dorian and he liked to ride around in the cuff of your pants to stay warm.
 
2012-09-24 04:38:26 PM  

moos: For two days, his name was Dorian and he liked to ride around in the cuff of your pants to stay warm.


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2012-09-24 04:38:48 PM  
i478.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-24 04:40:23 PM  
Neighbors rescued a baby squirrel - named her "Chatterly" - she was completely hand fed and cared for until she "grew up". They set her free, and she lived in a tree by the front door of their house. You could put your hand on the tree, make a squirrel chirp sound, and she'd run down to do you. Of course, you had to give her a treat :)

One day she was just - gone. The whole neighborhood was sad.

And that's all I have to say about that.
 
2012-09-24 04:40:55 PM  
Too freaking cute
 
2012-09-24 04:40:56 PM  
i249.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-24 04:41:21 PM  
Came to post a "Go for the eyes, Boo!" reference, but I see that it's been covered.
 
2012-09-24 04:44:01 PM  
Squirrels are like women. Dolled-up rats.
 
2012-09-24 04:45:33 PM  
In M*ther R*ssia, squirrel adopts you.

prolly get filter pwned.
 
2012-09-24 04:45:40 PM  

TigerzDad: One day she was just - gone. The whole neighborhood was sad.

And that's all I have to say about that.


Probably a cat.

We have squirrels here now and then but it's always just a matter of time until old William (an 18 year old cat who is the stuff of legends) catches them being careless.
 
2012-09-24 04:45:47 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-24 04:47:57 PM  
So, does this mean the "Ugly ass pic..." meme is dead? I sure as fark hope so.
 
2012-09-24 04:48:16 PM  

J. Frank Parnell: William


William.... is his last name Brasky?
 
2012-09-24 04:48:26 PM  

J. Frank Parnell: Lady Indica: But typically squirrels make very very poor pets, but because they're so 'pet-like' as babies...some people don't realize.

There's actually a fair amount of stories about people having them as pets, even well into their older years, and it seems to be easier than with your average wild creature. If i recall correctly they were actually popular pets for children in the 50's.


They once sold monkeys in the back of comic books too for like $20. And they were more popular pets in that time than they are now. They do not make good pets however either. I'm pretty sure you'd find a similar squirrel to monkey ratio. ;)

Most exotics don't make good pets simply because their needs are not easily met for a variety of reasons, but their natural behavior may be such that they're an acceptable pet to the owner. People who own large snakes, for example. Not a good pet for the average person, but generally speaking not a problem in captivity as a pet if its needs are met. Parrots, another good example. Turtles, etc.

Some animals due to their adult behavior (often along with having exotic needs) make poor pets. Monkeys. Squirrels. Slow Loris (which seems popular in Russia). Tigers. Yadda yadda.

Some people have pet squirrels, but squirrels do not make good pets. Hope that's clear, you might still disagree...but I felt I wasn't clear enough in what I was saying.
 
2012-09-24 04:53:58 PM  
What's it with squirrels today, first a vid now this and earlier I found a dead one next to a power pole in my front yard. It looked like it just went to sleep, so peaceful laying on it's side with tiny legs crossed, but I think it might have gotten zapped. It wasn't there earlier. So I threw it in the cornfield acrossed the street. No I didn't take a picture or video.
 
2012-09-24 04:57:45 PM  

FarkedOver: J. Frank Parnell: William

William.... is his last name Brasky?


His full name is actually William J Catworthy (decided when my sister and i were children), although that could be added to his extensive list of pseudonyms.
 
2012-09-24 05:02:25 PM  

TigerzDad: Neighbors rescued a baby squirrel - named her "Chatterly" - she was completely hand fed and cared for until she "grew up". They set her free, and she lived in a tree by the front door of their house. You could put your hand on the tree, make a squirrel chirp sound, and she'd run down to do you. Of course, you had to give her a treat :)

One day she was just - gone. The whole neighborhood was sad.

And that's all I have to say about that.


www.documentingreality.com

'Don't look at me.'
 
2012-09-24 05:02:54 PM  
 
2012-09-24 05:05:25 PM  
Tip of my hat to the guy.
 
2012-09-24 05:07:29 PM  
My Dad had a pet squirrel when he was a kid. He said it was awesome - it would ride on his shoulder and stuff. Then one day there was an accident with a door. :(
 
2012-09-24 05:08:21 PM  
It's Boo, not Minsk, you fool!
 
2012-09-24 05:08:42 PM  
There is a squirrel nest in a tree in my backyard.
Saturday must have been moving day because momma squirrel methodically grabbed one baby at a time and carried it over to another tree somewhere down the line.
I dunno why they left but I hope they moved on up the the East side.
 
2012-09-24 05:16:08 PM  
 
2012-09-24 05:21:56 PM  
my favorite squirrel vid : wait for the lolz and near death experience
 
2012-09-24 05:23:26 PM  

stryed: my favorite squirrel vid : wait for the lolz and near death experience


Link
(woops sorry)
 
gja
2012-09-24 05:30:42 PM  

stryed: stryed: my favorite squirrel vid : wait for the lolz and near death experience

Link
(woops sorry)


LOL!
/stupid human trix
 
2012-09-24 05:31:23 PM  

Lady Indica: They once sold monkeys in the back of comic books too for like $20.


Um, yeah, except they were SEA MONKEYS and they were like 5$.

I read a ton of comic books and I never saw ads for MONKEYS. X-Ray glasses, sea monkeys, "utility belts" and invisible capes, sure, but no higher primates.
 
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