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554 clicks; posted to D'awww » on 29 Dec 2021 at 10:52 PM (33 weeks ago) | | share:
Helping a blind white squirrel find it's way home for Christmas
This is a story about a very rare creature: a sweet albino squirrel. She was fully blind and had been living in a tiny cage. She deserved a better life. But would she be able to find her den in a big aviary, with other squirrels around?
Hi everyone, I'm delighted for you to meet this almost mythical little animal. I named her Polar. She has been with me for some time now and after some ups and downs she is flourishing now.
She is a Japanese squirrel (Sciurus lis). Unfortunately sometimes a white one is born. Unfortunately because they tend to have less sight. And in very rare cases, they are completely blind, like Polar. Of course I wanted to give her the best life possible.
I hope you are all safe out there.
I am wishing you a most wonderful Christmas or holiday time.
Kind of a disclaimer:
Squirrels make wonderful pets... yet, I believe animals should not be held in cages. These Japanese squirrels that are living with me would be considered a thread to nature in my country in the wild. Therefore I am not able to set them free.
If you would ever consider owning a squirrel yourself, please, before you do so, read all you can about how to take care of them first. Realise that they need you to play with them as much as you can (at least an hour per day!) and, most important, build an aviary that is as big as you possibly can afford... Before you get them.
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