Release or not to release?

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Release or not to release?

Postby RescuedBy4Paws » Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:44 pm

I succesfully have rescued and released eastern grey squirrels here in the southeastern us. So after a bad storm a neighbor of mine gave me two male pink flyers back in October, Han Solo and Skywalker. I went through the rehabilitation process with them and when it was 22 weeks (because of weather permitting) I put them both in a pre release (chicken) pen outside and then after a couple nights I left the door open. Han Solo left first for two nights but then he he came back. Then both him and Skywalker then left for a night but Han Solo stayed and when I would walk out there he would jump on me and get under my clothes. This went on for a few days and then the weather got freezing again so I brought him inside. I tried several more times to put him back outside but he never left and would just jump on me when I went outside to check on him. So, I made a place for him with me. But now it’s April and his testicles have descended and he’s not interested in hangin out with me and I just want to make sure I’m doing him right. Should I try once more and place him in the wild or should I just let him hang with me? Two weeks ago he would get under my shirt and we could walk everywhere and he didn’t care. He even would see the other squirrels I’ve rescued and released come here and just sniffed and watched. I’m new to flying squirrels. What is best for Han Solo? Is he wild or is he not?

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Re: Release or not to release?

Postby Joan » Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:27 am

RescuedBy4Paws wrote:.... So, I made a place for him with me. But now it’s April and his testicles have descended and he’s not interested in hangin out with me and I just want to make sure I’m doing him right. Should I try once more and place him in the wild or should I just let him hang with me?

You can try again but if he has adopted you as his pet, he'll be back. :twisted: Flyers are funny .. most are completely happy with owning a human who fetches for them. :D

RescuedBy4Paws wrote:....Two weeks ago he would get under my shirt and we could walk everywhere and he didn’t care. He even would see the other squirrels I’ve rescued and released come here and just sniffed and watched. I’m new to flying squirrels. What is best for Han Solo? Is he wild or is he not?

Han will decide if he's wild or not, but seems to me he's already decided. They are very different from greys who tend to break down doors to get out. They are also much smarter and some decide why leave a good thing?
"A lot of people spend time talking to the Animals, but not that many people listen. That's the real problem! ... Winnie the Pooh

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Re: Release or not to release?

Postby RescuedBy4Paws » Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:33 am

Thank you Joan for your response. If I decide to try to release him again should I put his box and food in the chicken pen or should I just put him outside? We have two hoot owls here and those concern me. I also wonder if his more elusive behavior is due to his hormones changing. He has a tall cage (door always open) but lately he hasn’t chosen the nesting options in there. He eats and drinks and uses his silent runner and chews on the branches and stuff in there, but in the morning I have to check the various places in my room that he’s made homes in. He always sticks his nose out and licks and gives me some love, but the leaping and desiring to get under my clothes he hasn’t done in like 3weeks now. Ever since his testicles got really swollen. I was reading some other posts about their hormonal times and wondering if I’m confusing that behavior with a desire to be in the wild. People who have never had any experience in rehabbing wild animals, let alone had flyers all give me the same opinion. He’s ready to go. Just let him go. Geez. Don’t want him to have a death sentence out there cause I made the wrong decision...


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