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Date Posted: 19:28:53 10/06/06 Fri
Author: Connie
Subject: Re: Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for your continued ...
In reply to: Beverly 's message, "Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for your continued ..." on 13:05:52 10/06/06 Fri

No,not holding onto her tail; just flipping it! It was curled up there so cute while she was eating a nut and I just flipped it w/o really thinking about what I was doing: But then she chittered and dropped the nut and proceeded to go after my hand! Not biting or aggresive; seemed more like playing.. Anyway, it was very cute, and as I said, she has never been vocal before!!> This is really the 1st time I have heard her make a sound. I was at my Son's house and his bird clock made an Owl sound and Rain hid and made these little noises off and on for 20 Mins..All the while being VERY still!! That is the only other time I have heard her make a sound!! (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
>>>>>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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