Hello World by Kay Kempton Raade

And I didn’t think it would look like this!

Five-week-old Cookie (when her eyes opened) peeked over the edge of the baby box. It’s time for Cookie and her sibs to have a cage. They stay in about ten weeks and have another two weeks in outside pens in the woods getting used to the weather and sounds. The wild squirrels come down and meet them nose to nose.

I have gone out to the release cages to visit my sweet babies the next day and they act like I’m an evil monster who will eat them. How quickly they forget the hand that fed them.

Raising squirrel babies was my favorite time of year. Since I retired in MT, I haven’t had any new sqrl babies. I had a msg. online last night for one about 150 miles away and I would have gone for it, but when I called the lady, she had found someone else.

The fur is a donated hat. The Humane Society of the US collects donated furs and mails them out to wildlife rehabbers.


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  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaalmost 5 years ago

    How sweet.. and Kay, again, you are a good woman to do that- to care—- We need to be guardians of what we have been entrusted with. Okay- Off my soapbox… Lovely shot xo

  • Thanks so much, Maureen ~ 8-)

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • janpiller
    janpilleralmost 5 years ago

    OMG!! how sweet is this!!

  • Thanks, Jan. I appreciate you!!

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayalmost 5 years ago

    So cute!!!!!

  • Thanks so much!!

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 5 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful shot, Kay!

  • Thanks, Mike!!

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • meowiyer
    meowiyeralmost 5 years ago

    i love the work you do. i’d like to think i do something similar for homeless kittens. i guess i kinda do, but this is really something :)
    thank you for making me smile, kay. :) cheers!

  • Oh thanks. Yes, then you have to find homes . . . I can release, much easier!!

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnalmost 5 years ago

    lovely portrait of this amazing Creature Teacher! Their natural audacity is always a treat. great work! :o) wishing you laughter

  • Thanks, Quinn.

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedlealmost 5 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thank you, Rick.

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusteralmost 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous tail, and sweet little face! Dee

  • She sure made me laugh, Thanks, Dee.

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldalmost 5 years ago

    That’s just marvelous,Kay,such a cute little mite!!

  • Aaah the age that makes me melt. Thanks so much, Lance.

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosalmost 5 years ago

    So cute and absolutely beautiful !!

  • Thanks so much, Carlos.

    – Kay Kempton Raade

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