Meet Chip

This is Chip.  He is a baby squirrel that fell from a tall tree in the neighbor’s yard of my friends the Copley/Boegli family.  Perhaps you’ll remember the Copley name from name from previous blogs.... Dave Copley is my beloved flute maker extraordinaire.  He and his family are an integral part of the Riley School family as his wife, Marlene Boegli, not only makes all the silver hardware for Copley-Boegli flutes, but she cooks delicious homemade food for the Riley clan every week.  I went over to their farmy-like place for a visit today to see what creatures are afoot there recently.  Marlene is not only a brilliant silver-smith and a great cook, but she is also one of those animal whisperer types to whom many homeless, hapless fourlegged creatures find their way.  Chip, at 5 weeks old, is one of them.

Just yesterday he opened his eyes and is beginning to wander around a bit, looking a little like a little drunkard.  Marlene explained that since squirrels are so high up in the wild, they take their time growing and gaining weight and stay quite still to avoid falls like the one Chip got himself into.  Despite his plunge, he is doing well, putting on some chunkiness with Marlene’s magical mixture of kitten formula, egg yolk and cream (or some such concoction).

We talked about what good it does to even save a baby squirrel.  There are surely enough to go around here in Cincinnati.  But there is something precious about a baby anything and Marlene knows her wild animals.  I am guessing that Chip will get nursed into adulthood by the Copley-Boegli’s to make it thru the winter, then hit the wild side of life outdoors in the spring, always knowing where to come home to for nourishment and love.  I figure Marlene will get her animal talents certified sometime soon and become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator so she can take in more than just the odd squirrel…. or duck….

This india runner duck was hit by a car near their house and is on the mend.  A new farm home awaits him when he is ready.  The never ending stream of critters at the Copley-Boegli’s is a joy to behold.  I have tons of pictures from which to sketch.  Sometimes animals just wiggle too much to catch them real time.  I have found that with my own pack-o-pups!

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