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Ralph the Squirrel

Posted Friday, October 2, 2009, at 5:04 PM

Ralph: a part of the household...
About four weeks ago, our dog Buddy ran up to something on the ground under a tree. It was a baby squirrel that had fallen out of the nest. It was so tiny in my husband's hand.

I went to the store and bought puppy formula and a bottle. We named him Ralph.

I started bottle feeding the little guy and eventually he weaned himself off the bottle. He was so cute, big brown eyes and a fluffy tail.

He started developing quite the personality in our home, when I opened the kennel he will run up my arm and sit on my shoulder.

He loves watermelon, sweet potatoes and the usual nuts.

I also found out today he loves my sweet tea.

We have tried integrating him outdoors and he is not interested yet. My cats find him interesting but, not so much they stalk him.

Today he was on my shoulder, and the cat came up and laid down next to me like Ralph was part of the family.

Ralph has quite a following on Facebook now, and I may start his own Twitter account.

A gentleman that rents from us laments that now he knows Ralph, he can no longer go hunting for squirrels and feel ok about it.

I told him, wait till we get the deer.

What kinds of animals have you rescued?

Ralph is one of many different kinds of animals we have housed over the years.

The oddest being a onry possum.

Do you have any critter tales??

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i would LOVE a groundhog.. they are so cute...

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Sat, Oct 3, 2009, at 4:26 PM

When I was little, my dad had a drink route for R.C. He came across a groundhog that had been ran over and the babies were sitting on the side of the road. He was going to rescue them all, but they all ran away except one.

Daddy brought him home and we bottle fed him until he ate solids. We named him Jess. We had him until he was grown. Jess used to love to grab on to my dads boot and let daddy swing him around.

-- Posted by For the kids on Sat, Oct 3, 2009, at 4:02 PM

That reminds me that back several years ago a family of Starlings nested in our neighbor's flower box just outside of her kitchen window. After the babies all hatched out one by one they began to leave the nest. There was one bird who remained longer than the others. Our neighbor felt sorry for it and began to feed it canned dog food. The little bird thrived on the dog food and soon began to take short flights but always returning to the flower box.

One day my wife was working in her flower bed when the little bird came up and landed beside her with no fear of humans. My wife handed the little bird an earthworn and after that the bird would come and land on her shoulder when she was outside as if to say "how about another one of those worms, please". That became a daily ritual after that, even when my wife was not working in the flowers, and remained that way until the little bird was finally coaxed back into the wild. We thought that we saw him several times after that but he was content in his natural environment.

-- Posted by leeiii on Sat, Oct 3, 2009, at 11:59 AM

We have rescued several animals over the years and even took care of a baby snapping turtle until it was time for it to go on a walk-about. We guess it is doing well.

Our most memorable one was a baby blue-jay. We called him Brandon, but were not even sure he was a he. Brandon fell out of a nest at a friends house and we volunteered to try to save him.

He eventually grew up quite healthy, would sit on my shoulder or our daughter's head and squawk. When ti was time to release him, we taught him how to catch insects and find food on the ground.

He came back in the house a few times after we released him, then started staying outside over night, but bombing us every time we came home to see if he could get a treat.

Eventually he took up with some other Jays and moved on. We don't know the true lifespan of a Jay but we feel sure that either he or his offspring come back each year.

One usually sits outside our back door squawking until we put food out. Then eats and flies up int he trees around our house. Others have learned how to train us, so we know longer know if it is Brandon's family or friends.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Oct 3, 2009, at 10:30 AM

I named Ralph after a Maintenance Tech that I worked with at BCMC some years ago, Ralph Dixon. Ralph was a thin man that was very hyper. Ralph Dixon is gone now, however Ralph the squirrel has made his presence known. We take him outside and allow him the option of becoming a part of tree life. He favors for now, hanging out in a cage. Lesa and I have taken in many critters and homeless people as well over the 22 years we have been married. We figure we get one shot at making Gods creations (people and critters) life have joy and fulfillment. We get great joy in seeing others do well.

Oh yea.....Ralph is a University of Arkansas fan.

-- Posted by bear on Sat, Oct 3, 2009, at 8:33 AM

that is indeed Shea he loves Ralph but has learned not to mess with Ralph when he is in his "house" he gets a little defensive..

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Sat, Oct 3, 2009, at 8:20 AM

More pictures of Ralph, please!!

-- Posted by welkindance on Sat, Oct 3, 2009, at 7:44 AM

My Wife has me put out mineral block for the Deer that come out from the woods behind our house. After living here 22 years we've treated quite a few and now that more houses have sprung up near us there is no more hunting here. It's a rare morning or evening that we don't see one or two and sometimes half a dozen. I believe that as a society and a civilization people that treat animals well usually have more respect for one another.

-- Posted by MyMrMarty on Fri, Oct 2, 2009, at 9:19 PM

I watched a good friend of mine just take an absolute whooping from a squirrell one time.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Fri, Oct 2, 2009, at 9:10 PM

Is that your son in the picture? He's so adorable! He looks just like you!

-- Posted by cfrich on Fri, Oct 2, 2009, at 6:17 PM

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Lesa Cox has owned a cleaning service and a bookstore; now, she repairs and maintains computers for the elderly and others on a fixed income. She enjoys animals, gardening, books and fixing old cars. She and her husband have one son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.