New Furry Friend

New Furry Friend

Recently I posted about the poor squirrel in my backyard that has the botfly larvae in its neck…

Well the other day I saw a new squirrel that had come into my backyard for a visit.

This is a fox squirrel or eastern fox squirrel. They are the largest species of tree squirrel native to North America.

I’ve seen them before around the southeastern US. They are only active during the day and they spend more time on the ground than other types of squirrels.

They are great jumpers and can easily go fifteen feet in a horizontal leap. They have no problem jumping down twenty feet or more to another limb or the ground.

Let’s hope that this one doesn’t discover my roof and attic! It took a lot of time and money to cut down all or the trees and limbs that were too close to the roof and have all the squirrel holes patched up last year!!! I don’t want another squirrel getting into my house!

Remember to stay healthy and stay safe!

Squirrel…

Squirrel…

The other day I thought I saw a squirrel that had a weird collar around its neck.

I thought that maybe it had gotten something stuck around its neck and it was not going to be okay…

I’ve been looking for that squirrel for the past couple of days, then today I finally saw it again.

Warning… here is a photo of the squirrel, don’t look if you are squeamish…

Can you see the large lumps on its neck? No, its not wearing Christmas bells or a hideous collar. I looked it up online to see just what the heck is happening to this squirrel…

Turns out there are fluid draining warbles or the botfly that lay their eggs on vegetation around where the squirrels live, then the larval enter the squirrel through its mouth or nose. As the larval grow, their waste eventually cause the swelling and sores.

Soon a grub like warble comes out of the sore and the squirrel will actually heal and usually grows fur again before winter hits…

So for good or for bad, this squirrel will be okay… who knew…

Sorry to have posted this, I hope I didn’t ruin your appetite! I just thought that I would pass along what I learned…

Remember to stay healthy and stay safe!