"FEATURED" Me and Dolly Marie (continued #4)

Soon DooDah tired of having the home-made Pedealyte for an “aperitif”, and wanted the water “straight-up”. This was accomplished and all was going well. After a week or so the varied diet seemed to DooDah not to be varied enough, so the taste testing began in earnest once again. Let’s see… crushed peanuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds were quite a hit. A few morsels of wheat bread, corn tortilla, potato chip, and crushed dried corn were also part of the daily enticement. I found that fresh nuts ground up in a coffee grinder was a favorite! The trick was to read DooDah’s mind to know just exactly which food item was required at a specific moment in time! Mandarin oranges seemed to suit DooDah just fine!

(The average squirrel eats about a pound of food
a week to maintain an active life.)

A little bit of this
A little bit of that
A little more cheese and
DooDah grew fat!

It wasn’t long before DooDah began to grow, – right out of the nest! Things began to get crowded in there. Trying to go to bed to get some sleep was a real challenge, it took a few minutes each time just to wiggle in and turn just right so the bed would be comfortable.

This certainly won’t do for long. DooDah was gaining and the nest was losing. It was obvious that we needed to find another bed. I found a small business card box, and taped the box top to the edge of the bottom piece to make the box taller. I then cut a door for DooDah to climb into it and feel secluded and safe. DooDah liked to go in and out of the new “bed”, but kept looking around as if something might be missing. Well I got out the trusty letter shredder and made a handful of shredded paper. That was just the ticket! DooDah immediately began dragging shredded pieces of paper into its bed. It was really quite funny to watch while it stuffed as much shredded paper as it could into its mouth and drag the paper over to the bed, all the while trying not to trip over the paper that was hanging down from DooDah’s mouth. It took about twenty minutes of running back and forth, stuffing mouthfuls of paper into the bed. Mission finally accomplished!

DooDah immediately crawled into the prefabricated bed, snuggled under the paper and pushed shredded paper to the front to cover up the opening. I didn’t see the baby until abut three hours later and I began to get so curious I started calling for it to come out. DooDah had long since learned to recognize my voice, and began digging itself out of the box. Momentarily I saw one paw reach out of the opening, then slowly the second paw came out, and then finally a sleepy eyed squirrel head emerged. The baby began to stretch both paws way out in front, put its head back and exhibited the biggest yawn I could imagine! The baby was quite rested and ready for action.

(To be continued.) © 2008 Jan C. Snow

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