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From NYC suburbs

Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:12 am
by johnny
I lived less than 30 minutes from Times Square IF there were no traffic.

Retired middle school teacher. I have experience with orphan animals (mostly grey squirrels and raccoons) as a teen but not flyers. My wife and I live with one old blind cat. I was not looking to adopt and want to find a good home for Siggy (Sigmund) although I'd be thrilled to return him to nature, I need to post and ask if it is realistic to consider releasing him. As I write, I am unsure of his age - I thought he was no more than 5 weeks old when I found him - but his size and energy shot up in the last week. He was weak and not capable of strong movement when I found him at the base of a tree - if he had been able to get around well, I would have left him. My age estimate was based on my experience with grey squirrels - I'm familiar with the coordination level of greys when they first open their eyes, takes about a full week for reasonable coordination, 2 weeks for fast movement, Siggy has followed that pattern but his growth has been stupendous in a short time. I wasn't weighing him, so can't quantify.

He weaned himself quickly. One day he refused formula. The next morning he took it one more time and then would have it no more. I haven't tried anything other than Greek yogurt, but he doesn't like that. Turned up his nose at high quality cheddar cheese. I give him high quality rat food and a mix of fruit, nuts, veggies, but am concerned about his calcium intake. If his growth rate and energy level are indicators, something is right in his diet. He does have a deer antler, which he tries to gnaw on.

He is bonded to me, has been since about 2 days of care, which is why I am concerned he can't be released. My wife likes to have cats, the house is unsafe in a number of ways for a flyer I am thrilled and deeply moved by Siggy, but I am not sure a life with me will be optimal for him, especially after reading about the thorough dedicated care people on these boards offer. A life with me wouldn't be bad - I just don't want to see him have an accident, and I'm a bit overwhelmed by the responsibility for him. If I thought there was a 50/50 chance of his survival at the time I found him, I would have left him. From experience, I didn't think he would make it if he were left.

Re: From NYC suburbs

Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:16 am
by johnny
Forgot to mention - I have had him 2 weeks at this writing, so he would be 7 weeks old if my original estimate was correct but the growth spurt has me questioning my original estimate. But if he was older than 5 weeks, he was even weaker than I thought. He very much seemed liked a squirrel that had opening his eyes a few days before - really, I thought he was 4-5 weeks, 5 weeks tops.

Re: From NYC suburbs

Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:07 pm
by Ajbr
I have a potential solution. A student at Bard College has a female SFS and may be willing to take a male. Send me your contact info and I'll try to help

Re: From NYC suburbs

Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:44 pm
by Joan
If you are still interested in releasing him, contact a rehabber in your area and they can do that. Flyers are considered "adult" at 8 weeks and are on their own