Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Baby Squirrel BeeBee

A new baby has made their way to my etsy shop.

Little BeeBee is now out of the drey and scampering around. He has a slight problem that he must overcome though ....

BeeBee is slightly afraid of heights which is very unusual for a squirrel.
He has been tentatively making his way up the very tall branches every day to see if he can become used to the height but on more than one occasion he has had to be helped down by a mother squirrel.
She tutted non-stop right to the bottom and BeeBee wondered what on earth he could do to be more like the others.
One of the other mother squirrels said to him that he shouldn’t worry about this at all – some babies are scared for years before they are able to spring from branch end to branch end. Little BeeBee got a shiver just thinking about it!
He just loves the ground though and spends a lot of time scampering amongst the fallen leaves, twigs, rocks and bushes.


Just now BeeBee is playing happily with the baby hares in my house.
He is the first squirrel I have made and has a rather fine tail - like a real squirrel. If you look closely you will see how thin they really are with fine individual gossamer strands coming off the tail bone.

I met this youngster in early spring in the Botanic gardens in Edinburgh. He/she came over to say hello, not afraid at all. The squirrels usually get food from the garden visitors and the varied trees and plants in the collection.

Though it is a known fact that the Garden culls the squirrels!
Unfortunately in Scotland and the rest of the UK there is a campaign against the Grey Squirrels which were introduced from America around 200 years ago.
It's unfortunate that the media and less informed bodies have blamed the Grey for the decline of the (native) Red Squirrel - but if you read this exerpt from the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames you will see that there is a logical (and human interference) explanation for the decline -
Red vs. grey squirrels
"Despite common belief, the grey squirrel has not been the cause of the decline of the red. The red is less adaptable than the grey, and in Britain is living on the edge of its preferred habitat. Deforestation and habitat loss caused them to disappear from Ireland as early as the 15th century, and from Scotland by the 18th, long before the grey was introduced. In addition, in the late 19th and early 20th century they were considered pests and were killed in their thousands. By the1920s their population had been decimated.
Red squirrels are now protected, and in some areas, coexist with grey squirrels."
Another interesting article is by Nick Paling though maybe he didn't come across the explanation above.
It's not always black and white - or should I say red and grey?
As you can see Baby Squirrel BeeBee is both red and grey-brown in colour.
He would like you to be tolerant of all squirrels and to co-exist peacefully with them. Hopefully by providing lots of tasty nuts and other tidbits for their varied diet.
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After all there are many specific instances of a introduced species causing havoc to native populations without having to extend this fallacy to the squirrels (and I'm just referring to human migration here!)
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Co-existence, compassion and tolerance are required by all :)

9 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness gracious me! He is absolutely adorable! Now I will have to have a small collection of those too :)
    Best of luck with the new line, I am sure they'll be a hit!

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  2. You have a way with animals Annette! He is so alive, on the alert to run off if he needs to - or play if an opportunity comes his way!

    I hope you will have a wonderful New Year celebration, I have heard it's something special in your neck of the woods! I'll head to the mountains for some quiet celebration with some good friends.

    Happy New Year to you - I hope it will be a wonderful one for you!

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  3. thank you Meghann! I hope so too

    thanks Eline - he is indeed, he was a bit wary about so many people looking at him on my blog but I told him it would be fine and that it wouldn't be half as scary as being up in a high branch!

    Happy New Year to you too - sounds lovely your plans!
    the Scots do indeed celebrate New Year in a big way, worldwide. Perhaps the partaking of warming whisky on a cold day with special company fortells of a good future?

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  4. Hi Annette,
    Mr Beebee is beautiful!
    Just wanted t wish you peace & joy in the new year and hope you enjoy your wee dram on hogmanay!
    Laura

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  5. He is adorable, and has lots of character! As of course do the squirrels in the Botanics, i wonder if I've met the one you photographed. I'm always sad that they cull the squirrels in the Botanics, they consider them pests, but surely the fact that visitors love them should balance that out?

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  6. Isnt it odd how humans decide this stuff and mostly we dont have a clue? I love to watch the squirrels in the yard. I have a very fussy one that sits in the tree by my patio and barks at me. We had a very tame one come around when I was a child. He would happily take food right from your hand. Love BeeBee

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  7. You amaze me with your darling creations. Your creative stories are wonderful, Annette.

    Have a beautiful & blessed NEW YEAR ... I will be in & out of communication for a couple weeks.
    TTFN ~ Marydon

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  8. Hi Annette! Squirrel BeeBee is just darling! I have never heard of a red squirrel before. We had a racoon squirrel once that lived in a dead tree near our house. He or she was so beautiful. Of course, when the people that owned the lot built their house, the squirrel went away. Made me sad.
    Happiest of New Years to you! Binkies to Arabella and Wesley from Razzy and Sugie!

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  9. Wishing you a very happy New Year, to you and all your family 2 & 4 Paws. Lindax
    Love your new squirrel baby.

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