The Veteran by Bine

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This is a squirrel I called Buddy. He’s been coming to our house for at least three years now and about half a year ago I saw that he was getting old and very mangy looking. His skin was raw and he was getting skinnier and skinnier. I was certain that he wouldn’t be around much longer. One day, Buddy didn’t come to the house anymore and I feared the worst. He had become very tame and always ran up to me to great me and get his treat. I missed my little Buddy and feared him dead…………..until last week, after almost two months absence, here he was. The fur had grown back and he seemed on the mend. Fell right back into his old routine of running up to me and demanding his treat: Dog cookies from Trader Joe’s !

I may have had something to do with his recovery, because I tossed a squirrel size dose of ivermectin his way. The cure to mange. I know – I’m not supposed to “mess” with wildlife, but looking at my buddy I don’t regret to have interfered. :-)) He’s old and he won’t be around much longer, but at least he’s feeling better again !

I’m Bine and my camera is an Olympus E-620 and a Lumix DMC-ZS19. As you can see, I am a total animal nut and I couldn’t imagine my life without being in nature and surrounding myself with animals.
I would call myself a pragmatic agnostic with the view, that there is no proof of either the existence or nonexistence of any deity. Since any deity that may exist appears unconcerned for the universe or the welfare of its inhabitants, the question is largely academic.

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  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 2 years ago

    Sweet, little Buddy!!! God bless him!!! A wonderful capture!! :o)

  • Thanks, Lorilee – he’s been gone again for days. I’m worried……… bigsigh

    – Bine

  • PJarts
    PJartsalmost 2 years ago

    immer wieder toll, die Bilder von deinem Eichhörnchen!

  • Danke, Pirmin ! Eigentlich sind es ja drei Eichhoernchen, die mich auserkoren haben. Ein junges “Paerchen” und der alte Buddy. Ich bin ja froh, dass er wieder da ist. :-))

    – Bine

  • PJarts
    PJartsalmost 2 years ago

    3? Das ist ja toll! Wenn ich das nur auch so hätte, dabei habe ich den Wald direkt vor der Tür! Trotzdem habe ich bis jetzt nur zwei Eichhörnchen vorm Haus gesehen, genauso viel wie Füchse!

  • Naja – es dauerte eine ganze Weile, bis ich ihr Vertrauen hatte. Aber wenn man jeden Tag brav Futter hinwirft, wenn die Luetten auftauchen, dann tauen sie eigentlich relativ schnell auf.

    – Bine

  • PJarts
    PJartsalmost 2 years ago

    Das Problem ist, wenn ich sie sehe, dann haut es sofort ab, dabei habe ich es nur zweimal gesehen, von drinnen! Ich hoffe, daß sich das noch gibt. :-)

  • BigD
    BigDalmost 2 years ago

  • Oh what honor ! Thank you so very much ! :-))

    – Bine

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