Chapped, red hands from washing all day is only a temporary side-effect of rehabbing babies. These three squirrels (Toni, Orlando and Dawn) grew to adulthood and two were released. The one on the right is my Toni, brain-damaged from the fall from a tree during a storm. She had a “compassionate/education” permit and traveled to many schools to talk about disabilities and/or wildlife rescue. As a baby, she could be in a shoebox across the floor and as I fed the other babies, she’d make her way to me, climb my legs and get her turn. She falls over to the side, turns circles, and only runs if she’s leaning against a wall. She is a gentle, sweet ambassador for wildlife as a senior citizen. She was brought to me in 2005 by brothers I had taught in 4th and 5th grade.
My hands, shot by my husband with an Olympus 740.
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