Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Remember Monkey?



The hard drive on my 4 year old computer is just about full. So, tonight I decided that I needed to sort through my huge photo collection and start thinning it out. I haven't gotten too far. One of the first folders that I looked through had hundreds of photos of Monkey, the orphaned squirrel that I raised last spring. I'm quite sure he's the most photographed squirrel in North Carolina ... maybe the world.


I released Monkey around Memorial Day and he came back to visit most days until Labor Day. Then we went away for 5 days. When we came back, Monkey was much more skittish around us - he would come close, but would no longer eat from my hand. After that I started to leave a couple of peanuts on the deck for him each day. The peanuts would always disappear, but I saw less and less of him. Now we see lots of squirrels around, but I can't be sure that he's one of them. I talk to all of them, just in case.


Here are some of my favorite "baby photos"...






He loved his fleece blankies!





Checking out my mealworm farm...





Meal time...





Here he is - slightly bigger than the peanut he's trying to eat -





Seconds before his leap to the counter top...





5 comments:

LauraHinNJ said...

Oh don't get rid of the monkey pics! I can see him smiling in that one with the peanut.

I like the idea of you talking to all the squirrels just in case.

;-)

Susan said...

Don't worry, I didn't delete any Monkey pics!

Lynne said...

I had been hoping for a Monkey update! What a little cutie!

Julie Zickefoose said...

Cute Overload, anyone??
I raised a squirrel in my dorm room at college. Oh, my. They are even worse than macaws for damaging things. But just about as cute as you get.
Working on that snake haiku.
Narrow Fellow In the Grass has seven syllables, but Emily Dickinson thought of it first. Darn!

Susan said...

Yes, he sure was a cutie & I hope he's out there enjoying life in the wild.