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Date Posted: 18:24:01 11/10/06 Fri
Author: Squiggy's Mom
Subject: Do Flyers go into "heat"?

I mentioned before that another (wild) FS showed up in my house a week or so ago.....that's not unusual,they have been living in the ceiling of my house for years....I once called a "Nuisance Wildlife Control Officer" but they wanted to eradicate them in a most unkind manner...something I was not comfortable with....So we have been co-existing pretty well....occasionaly one will drop in to say "hello"....Unfortunately, I have a Golden Retriever that finds them most delicious...wish I could break her of that habit......Anyway,that's how I got Squiggy...I've had her for probably 10 weeks now....she's been so sweet....Well, BIG (he appears to be twice Squiggy's size,thats why I figure he must be a "guy")Mister Squirrely showed up last night in another bedroom....I tried to coax him with all kinds of yummy treats....could not convince him I meant no harm....(other than to use him for breeding stock!!)I finally gave up around 2:30 a.m....
When I went into Squiggy's room to feed her tonight at 5:00 pm she was really agitated,leaping around the cage like she was shot out of a cannon........then she did something I've never seen (or heard) her do before....she made this wierd,high-pitched noise, with her mouth opened....at first I thought she was choking...sounded a little like a cat hacking up a hairball,but softer.......I figured she was calling Mister Big....is this possible?She had attatched herself to the bars on one side of the cage which faces a bookcase........she was looking intently at it,with her little schnoze sticking out of the bars and her little hands (they look just like hairy human hands to me)gripping them...she looked like a desperate prisoner...I must say,Mister Big looked fat and happy when I saw him last night..........I'm thinking that he visits Squiggy at night..............she probably tosses him a few nuts,apples and sweet potatoes....Hey,they say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach,so I guess that would hold true in Squirrel-World,too.........
So, I was wondering,is she acting wierd because HE is around....How do they behave when it is "Their Time"?And can they "do it" with one inside the cage and the other out?I remember when I was a child, a neighbor of ours had a single female rabbit in a hutch outside...Come Spring time, Honey Bunny had multiplied!Either she was sneaking out after dark,coming home and locking herself back in her hutch,or...............
So, Can I hope for babies in the spring?
I am still going to try to catch Mr. Big..........But he is a big tough looking Dude,I am currently carrying around my leather gardening gloves just in case I spot him and have the opportunity to make the grab......I know I cant house them together immediately, right?But chances are they are old buddies from before I caught Squiggy....
I have a small hamster cage I can use temporarily....

Oh! I am so sorry to be so long-winded...I've gotten carried away again.........

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