13 August 2010

The little warrior

An armada typically signifies a fleet of warships or military aircraft or, at best, just a mass of objects moving powerfully in unison.

Meet a different kind of Armada: The little squirrel pictured here, who bears that name, first graced these pages in the July 16 post as a days-old pinkie. He was the first newborn of the season for a rehabilitator friend of mine, Barbara, and his arrival in her care signaled that the seasons had already changed in the squirrel world - that they had once again arrived in the autumn cycle of their lives.

Armada can hold a syringe in his tiny paws when he nurses from it and he is slowly discovering his ever-broadening world through newly opened eyes. His fate, so far, is a happy one because he has already survived the greatest battle of all - survival. The world is not very kind to newborn wildlife that has been left injured or abandoned, often by mysterious means. For just that reason, every young squirrel needs to be more than a mere soldier. Like this fortunate little guy, every one of them needs power and strength, and the will to live and become an Armada, too.

7 comments:

Leema Thomas said...

May he soldier on!!!!

Barbara said...

it is amazing to watch the development...From neonate to eye open to out the door and up the tree !

Barbara said...

it never ceases to amaze me how they grow and develop from neonates.

lgsquirrel said...

Many thanks to the medical corp who give support to these precious soldiers.

Anonymous said...

I am just loving this. Dallas

Anonymous said...

So without other squirrels to model behavior, can Armada ever be re-released into the wild? Dallas

squirrelmama said...

Dallas, I've seen pictures of Armada with cagemates. I believe Armada is actually with about 3 or 4 others - all a bit younger but, as they all grow older together, it will make much less of a difference.