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A little Chipmunk's Story

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saad mansoor

After rainy day of 24 hour ,finally electricity is back , it was hard to manage out without electricity.
I was surfing internet last night i saw this little chipmunk's story about its life...................................................................


Here was Chip as I found him: curled up, cold, appearing to be dead, in the middle of a trail in the Olympics.



Over the next hour, as I held him in my hand, he warmed up and started to move. Here he is nestled in my fleece hat. He’s just a few weeks old ... eyes still closed, very immature.






What to do with a chipmunk on a 15 mile hike? Especially a chipmunk that, now warmed up, is hungry and trying to nurse.

I smashed up some nuts and dried fruit from my trail mix, mixed it with water, and fed it to the eager baby with a syringe from my first aid kit.

Needing my hands free for the hike, I found the perfect spot for Chip ... I emptied the water from my Nalgene bottle, put the fleece hat in the bottom to make a nice bed, and snuggled him inside. He had a good view of the rest of the hike, though it was a bit tinted ...






Back home, he gets his first real meal of chipmunk-appropriate formula.

In less than a week, his eyes are open!












As the days go by, he gets more and more mature.





Based on where I found him (approx. 6000 ft elevation in the Olympics), I’m guessing he’s an Olympic chipmunk (a subspecies of the yellow pine chipmunk (Tamias amoenus caurinus).

He loves pockets.




He’s eating a variety of foods now, in addition to his formula. He’s also graduated to a bigger cage, and loves running back and forth from one compartment to the other.






A few weeks later .... it’s time to expand his cage.

This is a triple decker cage, with three nest-boxes, and it’s connected via plastic tubes to more cages. Lots of room to explore!


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Sitting on my shoulder, enjoying a blueberry.

He doesn’t care for the skin, so he carefully peels the skin off and just eats the pulp inside.

Sometimes he hides treasures inside my pockets ....






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