Man saves drowning squirrel

Our nice neighbours sent in this submission about a pool maintenance man in Arizona who saved a squirrel from drowning.

It’s a long video, but well worth the time.

The guy goes to great lengths to get the little squirrel breating and to keep it safe till it’s strong enough to leave on its own.

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Siberian Elm

We have a tree in the backyard that the neighbours call a “shit tree.”

The scientific name is more prosaic: Ulmus pumila also known as a Siberian Elm.

This tree is constantly getting on our nerves, dropping papery little seeds that swell up in the rain and plug up the eaves, dropping dead leaves during the summer and fall. It has a lot of dead branches that we can’t easily remove.

We have a love hate relation ship with this “weed tree.” It provides shade to the back of the house and green cover. It is also the location of the squirrel house that has housed dozens of different squirrels over the ten years that it’s been up.

This tree got hit particularly hard by the Toronto Ice storm on Dec 24, 2013. I remember opening the back door that night, the freezing rain had just started falling, and a branch from this tree, weighed down by a half inch coat of ice, hung like a menacing chandelier just a few feet above my head.

That night, we slept in the living room awakened occasionally by the thud of falling limbs. This is what the tree looked like the following morning.

The shit tree on the day after the ice storm.

It still had ice clinging to it, and several thick limbs had snapped off because of the weight.

It put out leaves this spring, and seeds which the squirrels have been busy eating.

Squirrel eating seeds from a Siberian Elm.

As annoying as it is, by now I’m almost rooting for our shit tree.

We’re going to get an arborist to remove the dead limbs—and although not everyone agrees—I myself hope it recovers.

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Flatsquirreling it

Around here, when a squirrel lounges on her belly, we call that “flatsquirreling it.”

Today was a nice warm day and squirrels were flatsquirreling all over the backyard.

Check out the dangling leg in this picture.

In this case Gracie did something interesting, she dug up the dirt like a dog and then laid in it to cool off.

Cute overload also has an example here: Actually I’m Holding This Down.

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First baby squirrel of the season

Right after posting that we hadn’t seen any baby squirrels this year one showed up.

We were just looking out an upstairs window when he showed up on the ledge.

He curiously looked at us while we snapped a few pictures.

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A Bunch of Baby Squirrels

My brother who lives on a mountain in Qu├ębec kindly sent me this picture of these 5 baby squirrels eating under his bird feeder.

Oddly, in Toronto, we haven’t seen a baby squirrel yet this season.

Baby squirrels, one Grey and 4 Red, eating sunflower seeds under the bird feeder.

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