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Date Posted: 11:15:14 11/15/06 Wed
Author: S. K. Dixon
Subject: I think we must educate them!
In reply to: Beverly 's message, "Open for discussion ....." on 10:30:12 11/15/06 Wed

What do they think their fs eat in the wild? Purina Chow? YIKES!!! No fruits and veggies? Time for mutiny, is what my flyers would say! Shall we do this collectively or individually? OMG, individually we could FLOOD their website; and the truth shall make them FREE!!!!! (Or would that be "flee"?) I'm with the group, whatever is decided!

>This morning, Agnes brought to my attention this
>website page:
> >href="http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/bio99/bio99
>867.htm">Flying Squirrel Captive

>Newton is an electronic community for Science, Math,
>and Computer Science K-12 Educators.
>Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, Ill., Division
>of Educational Programs, Harold Myron, Ph.D., Division
>Here's the thread question, and the replies:
>name Tammy
>status other
>age 30s
>Question - hello there,
>was looking around the internet for ideas on what to
>feed my daughters'
>pet flying squirrel when I happened across your page.
>When I saw the name
>Roland F. Eisenbeis, Supt. of Conservation I decided
>to send an email
>because my name is also Eisenbeis. My question is what
>types of fruits and
>veggies should I feed him and is there anything he
>should not have?
>I have been taking care of flying squirrels for twenty
>years as part of
>our nature center display. We feed our flying
>squirrels Purina Mouse
>Chow with an occasional supplement of acorns, when
>they are available,
>and/or sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds can be
>unhealthy if fed in too
>large a quantity. The high oil content can lead to
>hair loss. Also,
>changes in diet can lead to a loose droppings and a
>"messy" cage. Avoid
>feeding large quantities of any fresh foods and only
>add them a couple
>times a week, if you do.
>Wayne Vanderploeg
>River Trail Nature Center
>3120 N. Milwaukee Ave.
>Northbrook, IL 60062
>Keep in mind tht flying squirrels are protected by
>Federal law and you must have
>a license to have
>one in captivity. If all else fails, contact a local
>vet. for guidance.
>Steve Sample
>Hi Tammy:
> First your question: we feed a captive flying
>squirrel at River Trail
>N.C. commercial mouse or rat chow and it seems to
>thrive, we've had it for
>some years now. Sometimes we toss in some acorns or
>other nuts for variety.
>I would not bother with soft fruits and veggies, I
>don't think it will eat
> Roland Eisenbeis was my superviser for several
>years before he retired
>in the mid-1980's. He still lives in the suburbs of
>Chicago, and I
>correspond with him occasionally.
>John Elliott, Director
>River Trail Nature Center
>Okay, folks, comments, please ....

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