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This "Little Guy" (his name) was found at about 4-5 weeks of age. Probably the runt of the litter he sadly lost the competition for his mother's milk (either that or she was smashed in the road) becoming malnourished and dying slowly of starvation his back end became paralyzed. So he decided to forge out (or dragg out) on his own. Only to find the world to be a cruel place for baby parapalegic squirrels. He evaded all sorts of danger on his quest for food. Birds of prey circled the wilderness. Seeing their shadows and hearing their cries he pulled himself from bush to bush, hiding in the shadows-secret squirrel style. The cold nights nearly took him but he hunkered down in leaf piles as he tried to ward off hypothermia. Facing certain death he took a huge risk, dragging himsef into my yard. Laying on his side with impending seizures that would tap what little strenght left -I discovered him! It was the luckiest and happiest day of his life. I adopted him, nursing him back to health with milk from a syringe and nut paste. He took to me as the mother he never had. Today he has regained more than 25% movement (or use) in his back end and tail. Although he can't walk normal he can drag himself around with the best of 'em. He loves climbing trees and I've even taught him to rock climb on the stone wall in my yard. He is currently pulling 5.11a but I'd imagine by snowfall he will be dragging up the menacing 5.14 cornerstone overhang! So its been a great joy having him in my life and I'm hopeful he may regain full use of his back legs so that one day he may return to the wild! Update August 2008 unfortunately Little Guy passed away last winter from a massive seizure. He will be missed by all whose life he had touched and no more than by me.


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Deb - Oct 11, 2007 3:30 pm - Voted 9/10

Needs a shave!

Frisky seems to need a whisker shave! HA! But then I guess he'll be bumping into walls huh?

eric b

eric b - Oct 13, 2007 10:28 am - Hasn't voted

little guy

I never really noticed how the wiskers really are out of control. I rescued the little guy from certain death-he is paralyzed from the waist back, but he is rehabbing marvelously- He has doubled in weight in 3 weeks and can now twitch his tail and back legs. (rodents suffer rear end paralysis right before they die of malnourishment and seizures) "People smile and tell HIM he's the lucky one" and I'm so happy to have him and visa versa.


tigerlilly - Oct 23, 2007 2:29 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: little guy

So, I found one of these little buddies a few weeks ago, too. He is 4 weeks old. Very sweet. Give me a shout if you want the details.

eric b

eric b - Nov 2, 2007 9:53 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: He's cute

He is doing well. Although he still drags himself around he has become increasingly agressive always in a playful way, at least up until today that is. I gave him some granola and when I lowered the syringe to feed him water into the cage he made a growling noise I've never heard from any forest creature. Then he sprung on my hand and bit my finger. I think he thought I was going to take his food from him. Talk about hungry. I feel bad not being able to afford him his freedom because if I did he would perish in the cold NE winter. He wouldnt have stored any food or even made a home so I must wait til spring-poor little guy.

eric b

eric b - Nov 4, 2007 12:30 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: He's cute

Little guy doesnt have rabies he was tested. You're funny.

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