My wife and I became proud partents of twins yesterday!

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  • August 15, 2013 at 8:23 am #589788 Back to Top REPORT
    q2hunter
    q2hunter

    Joined: 6/21/2007
    Location: Virginia
    We certainly hadn’t planned on this again, with a 13 and 10 year old, we just didn’t think we could handle the long nights and feedings of children again.  But, you just never know what is going to “fall” into your lap. We are now raising a new little boy and little girl!

    Meet our newest family members. My dad found a nest of flying squirrels laying in the road the day before yesterday after a storm.  The mother was laying beside the nest, apparently she must have landed on her head on the pavement.  There were 4 babies in the nest, one of which was dead, and another died before he got them to us.  One, the little boy, seems to be doing really well, but the female im not sure about.  She is pretty sluggish and we haven’t been able to get much fluids in her.  We done some research on the net about raising them, and puppy formula is the closest to squirrel milk. It recommended sugar water with a little salt until they urinated to make sure they were hydrated.  The boy started formula yesterday morning, the little girl, she maybe urinated a little bit, so this morning we gave her a little formula along with the water mixture, but I really think she may have pneumonia as she blew a bubble out her nose after the water, and as I said, she just hasn’t taken much anyway.  We have to regulate their body temps with a heating pad, they were both chilled when we got them, and after warming for about an hour the little boy became very active and hasn’t slowed down since. The girl just the opposite.  For now both are alive, and we are trying. .02 – .03 cc every 2 hours.  Yes that’s .02 – .03, that is 2-3 drops of the tinniest little dropper we could find.  According to the internet research, these little guys are about 1 -1.5 weeks old.  That is a penny beside them.  My wife is the most patient and caring person I know, if it is possible to raise them, she can do it.  Even though its just squirrels, it is humbling and amazing to see these little things fight to survive.

    squirrels

    August 15, 2013 at 9:27 am #589795 Back to Top REPORT
    blackdog
    BlackDog

    Age: 63
    Joined: 7/21/2004
    Congrats – I think LOL!
    Wasn’t exactly what I was thinking when I read the post title.

    I’m sure you’ll be great parents for the twins {#emotions_dlg.mathews_smile}.

    August 15, 2013 at 9:47 am #589800 Back to Top REPORT
    bow-drawn
    Bow Drawn

    Age: 63
    Joined: 11/14/2007
    Location: Ohio
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    Best of luck. {#emotions_dlg.mathews_wink}
    August 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm #589836 Back to Top REPORT
    bobbor76
    bobbor76

    Age: 66
    Joined: 11/26/2004
    Location: South Dakota

    Congrats – I think LOL!
    Wasn’t exactly what I was thinking when I read the post title. 

    I’m sure you’ll be great parents for the twins{#emotions_dlg.mathews_smile}.

    {#emotions_dlg.mathews_applause}{#emotions_dlg.mathews_applause}{#emotions_dlg.mathews_applause}  Same Here

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    August 19, 2013 at 8:03 am #590637 Back to Top REPORT
    q2hunter
    q2hunter

    Joined: 6/21/2007
    Location: Virginia
    Unfortunately, the lil girl didn’t make it.  She was the one we were worried about, but by Friday morning she showed huge signs of improvement as she was eating well and very active.  Saturday evening, all at once, from one feeding to the next, she again became sluggish and didn’t want to eat.  We lost her yesterday after church.  My wife, love her heart, has became very attached to them and was upset. On the bright side, the lil boy is doing great, he’s a lil pig and is progressing and changing daily.  His ears are pulling away from his head, his pigment is changing, his toes are separating, and he’s growing.  We’ve decided by the descriptions of changes we should see that he is now about 2-2.5 weeks old.  My wife was upset at losing the little girl, both were underdogs, but she was really an underdog, but the feeding time every 2.5 hours has been cut in half as it takes her about 15 minutes to feed the one, where it was taking her 35-40 minutes to feed both.  Today is day 7 of having him, so she must be doing a pretty darn good job.
    August 19, 2013 at 10:33 am #590691 Back to Top REPORT
    vash
    vash

    Joined: 5/30/2010
    cool.  bummer about the female.

    what did you name the little male?

    U-dog!!?  (underdog)

    August 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm #590779 Back to Top REPORT
    q2hunter
    q2hunter

    Joined: 6/21/2007
    Location: Virginia

    cool. bummer about the female. 

    what did you name the little male?

    U-dog!!? (underdog)

    The kids call him squeakers.  Its amazing how they pick up things.  Through the 5 days the lil girl was there, when feeding time came around, if my wife got the lil girl and fed her first, he would go nuts squeaking.  They are so small the only time we took them out of the box was to feed them and he picked up on the pattern.  My wife thought it was “fair” to feed one of them first one time and other first the next time.  He knew when sis wasn’t there that he was about to be fed.

    August 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm #590793 Back to Top REPORT
    reggoh
    Reggoh

    Joined: 12/28/2006
    Location: Louisiana
    Got any updated pics?  Very interested in following the progress :)
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    August 20, 2013 at 7:26 am #590937 Back to Top REPORT
    q2hunter
    q2hunter

    Joined: 6/21/2007
    Location: Virginia
    Took this pic this morning.  Not really grown much, but changed a lot.  Very active, very coordinated in crawling now.  Pigment is changing, ears pulling away from head, and fingers/toes separating. Everything that is supposed to be happening is happening.

    squirrel

    August 26, 2013 at 9:20 am #592019 Back to Top REPORT
    q2hunter
    q2hunter

    Joined: 6/21/2007
    Location: Virginia
    No updated pics this morning, but little squeakers is doing well.  My patient and caring wife has taken care of him for 2 weeks.  I can’t keep a gold fish alive that long! He’s out to feeding every 3.5 to 4 hours now, and is taking .04 to .05 cc each feeding.  He’s starting to get a little peach fuzz now.  I’ll try to remember to get a fresh pic this evening and post it up.  I’m convinced now that she is indeed going to successfully raise this little rascal…..just amazing!
    August 28, 2013 at 10:21 am #592377 Back to Top REPORT
    q2hunter
    q2hunter

    Joined: 6/21/2007
    Location: Virginia
    Well, I’m bummed, and my wife is pretty upset. Little squeakers died yesterday evening.  Don’t have a clue, really don’t.  She fed him about noon, he ate well, looked good, active, everything.  She put him back in his little box nest, came back to feed him at 4:00 and he was dead.  Don’t know if maybe he aspirated from the previous feeding or what. My wife didn’t let me get near him to much other than watch and look at him, but she got pretty attached to him.  I can understand, she put a lot of time into him for over two weeks, and was dedicated and determined to raise him. Guess I just got a little too optimistic, but what ever it was it was freak…..he was just doing too well, and progressing just as all the reading and research we did said he should do.  Anyway, sorry guys, was hoping to document this and in the end have a fully grown flying squirrel.  Back to the scheduled program.
    August 28, 2013 at 6:25 pm #592474 Back to Top REPORT
    bootheel-boy
    bootheel boy

    Joined: 7/21/2006
    Location: S.E. Missouri
    We can get really attached to pets.  When I saw the pics and how small they were I was amazed that the little fellas had lived that long.  Your wife must be an amazing and caring person to take on the task.  I am sorry for your loss.
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