June 19, 2012 in City, Outdoors, Region

Squirrel babies hitch a ride

Tina and Judge Wynecoop, of Colbert, knew what to do when they discovered a nest full of five newborn red squirrels in the air filter of their Toyota SUV. The filter was removed and the baby squirrels were unwrapped from the nest and placed on a jacket on the ground. Mother squirrel took over from there. Said Tina: “She checked out her babies; she bumped up against our legs; she sniffed the air filter contents, examined the spot in the Toyota where she thought she had left her babies, and then carried her children off, one by one, and put them in a safe place under the garage rafters. A short while later she moved them a very far distance to our barn and made an obscene gesture at the 4Runner.”


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