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Date Posted: 13:05:52 10/06/06 Fri
Author: Beverly
Subject: Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for your continued ...
In reply to: S. K. Dixon 's message, "WAS SHE STOMPING HER FEET, TOO?" on 12:14:01 10/06/06 Fri

(Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for your continued ...) correspondence here, keeping us informed on Rain's progress with you!

Does sound like Rain was beginning the 'war dance', when you tugged her tail. They are a riot, and can just be playing with you, when they go into 'mock battle' mode -- but just a word of caution, re their tails. It's not difficult to break a flyer's tail -- indeed, while they don't separate quite as easily as some 'lizards', the tail is not held to the body with very strong sinew. The point of this is, ecologically speaking, the flyer can escape from a tail-grasp with its life, if not its tail. I don't mean this as a condemnation of 'rough' play -- Molly Kule and I often played 'Wrestle, wrestle', with me using my hand to 'tossle' with Molly, and Molly 'mock' biting at my fingers -- but remember just how delicately these wee bits of wonderment are built -- their bones are very light. I only mean it as a reminder. Don't restrain the flyer by its tail, as you might easily cause it to break (not always away from the body, but held by only the skin ...). But by all means, enjoy physical play, with Rain. Flyers, unlike some other creatures, are really very tactile. They like physical touch -- they most often greet one another with a kiss; and of course, in group setting, nearly always prefer sleeping in a group, rather than individually. Many 'solo' flyers also greet their HOF with a kiss -- Molly would run up my torso, put both forepaws on my cheek, and or lips, and touch me with her muzzle. One of my girls, Elizabeth, always grasps my finger, and licks it, if I open her nestbox. It's always very much like a kiss, not at all like she's looking for treats. (And I also don't think it's for want of salt, as they have a salt lick in their quarters available at all times ...).

Have you had a chance to photograph Rain? We'd love to see some photos!!! If your PC 'fears' include photo programmes, I can assure you that many, like Photobucket, are made for those of us with limited PC knowledge. Or, you can contact me, and I'll upload any photos you have to a Photobucket account, for you.

Yahoo and MSN also offer free online space, as does Kodac and even Walmart! At Wallyworld, in the photo department, the employees can help you to upload photos, even from 35mm film, etc.

>When they get angry, they do the "war dance" and it is
>hysterical to watch--especially if they are NOT after
>you! LOL!!
>>Wouldn't know what to do w/o all of you.. Rain is
>>still VERY spoiled, but not in the food department
>>anymore!! Well may-be a little; every 2wks. or so!!
>>Hey, we all need a goodie every now and again!!
>>While playing w/her tonight I grabbed her tail, and
>>she chittered at me and proceeded to jump all over my
>>hand, chittering the whole time!! What the heck was
>>she doing?? I have never had her be vocal before???
>>It was so cute...>>I just want to say "Thank You "to
>>all who have given
>>>>me advice, and some scolding,, as to how to raise
>>>Connie, that is very sweet of you to say. And you
>>>right: this board (and NFSA as well) is filled with
>>>all the knowledge you will ever need and I am
>>>every day for those who post and for Bev who
>>>administrates. And I want to thank YOU, because it
>>>warms my heart every time we get a new convert to
>>>FS care and we all say "HOORAY", especially the
>>>>Rain; she is soon to be 1yr. old and would probably
>>>>never made it this far w/o your help!! The best
>>>>thing I ever did was put asside my fear of computers
>>>>and look up Flying Squirrels!! With that I found
>>>>this forum and have learned EVERYTHING I know about
>>>>little critter from you!! A BIG Thank You and keep
>>>>helping people like me!! These little critters are
>>>>just so darn cute; it is easy to kill them w/love.
>>>>have started a whole new feeding regemine; now I am
>>>>just as strict w/Rain as I am with my dogs.

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