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Date Posted: 21:05:24 08/20/06 Sun
Author: S. K. Dixon
Subject: Re: question again.
In reply to: Stacey 's message, "Re: question again." on 13:40:01 08/20/06 Sun

Hope socializes with both the flyers and with the gray! She is a free spirit and pretty much does as she pleases! Spiderman, the gray, is the lovingest male gray squirrel I have ever seen. He is a bit over a year old now. I've had him since the pinkie stage. He had a brother, Superman, and I named them my SuperHeroes. Well, to make the long short, they turned 21 weeks and I released. Spiderman stayed outside for 2 weeks and was injured by a cat (not mine, mine do not roam). Back home he came, up the steps to the porch, down the porch, and to the window that he knew was to his room. I heard a commotion and, luckily, was home so I opened the window, in he came and he will NOT leave. I absolutely adore him, and he does me; so he can stay as long as he wishes! He is good to my flyers and also to my birds! All of them go in and out of his cage at will--sometimes he is in it, sometimes he's not.

>Wow I too am amazed by their arrangement. I have a
>pair of flyers and one grey and they hate each other.
>The grey pretty much ignores the flyers but the flyers
>on the other hand are VERY aggressive and try to get
>the grey every chance they get. The female flyer I had
>before this one was also very aggressive to any
>greys.Maybe your little flyer thinks she is a grey
>squirrel. Does she socialize with your other flyers or
>just with the grey?
>>>Could a flying squirrel and a ground squirrel live in
>>>the same encloser if it's big enough?
>>Well, the answer is generally "no", I am told!
>>However, I do have a gray squirrel (Spiderman) who
>>very sweetly shares his quarters with one of my flying
>>squirrels (Hope) and they have been doing so for about
>>eight or so months now. Every morning when I go in to
>>get Spiderman up for the day (my zoo only sleep in
>>cages and are free during their awake hours) and put
>>the flyers away for their day/sleeping, Hope is
>>bundled in with Spiderman. He doesn't seem to mind
>>her or bother her and I think she finds Spiderman
>>quite handsome! LOL! How she manages to get into his
>>huge cage is a mystery, but she is very petite and
>>undoubtedly can be very slinky when she puts her mind
>>to it. Sometimes I leave her in his cage for the day,
>>and he comes and goes at will (as well as the birds
>>that make their home with us do); sometimes I gently
>>catch her and put her inside her own cage/nest box.
>>If I don't secure her quickly, she comes right back
>>out and heads back into Spiderman's cage. All this
>>being said, I MUST emphasize that this arrangement has
>>been of their own choosing, not mine; and over the
>>years of rehabbing many different varieties of
>>critters have been together that probably would never
>>occur in the wild but here coexisted quite peaceably.
>>Would I try to make this arrangement on my own?
>>Heavens No! As I said, it was their choice, not mine.
>> But it is NOT an arrangement I would have chosen or
>>tried. My friend and fellow rehabber Tom Hauk (who
>>has forgotten more than I will ever know) was very
>>surprised by this "gray/flyer" bunking; but he has
>>visited the Zoo and been amazed by their obvious
>>respect for each other. So, your question was "could
>>they"--they could; but "should they"--no, not of our
>>choice but only of theirs.

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