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Swipe to see more photos. #tbt from 1 year ago, a week since Seymour's big adventure. He was still traumatized (on high alert for any unfamiliar sights & sounds), visibly underweight, and recovering from a wound near one of his hind legs... but he was safe, loved, and happy within his favorite blanket. 🐿

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Swipe to see all photos. I visited our old park in Tampa to see how #marilynthesquirrel is doing, and like my last few visits... she didn't greet me the way she used to when hearing my calls. The numerous hawks patrolling the park made it obvious that being out in the open was dangerous for my beloved park squirrels, so I ventured into the swampy woods where I knew she would be. Not only did Marilyn stop by for a few hours, but some of her family did as well. The hawks can't get to her in these woods, and there's plenty of food & water here so she never needs to put her or her family in danger. The male isn't Bubba, but he may be a son of hers. The older female is clearly her daughter & behaves just like her. And there are a few grandchildren that are still learning how to be squirrels. I wish I could visit Marilyn more often, but in the meantime I know she's a brilliant survivor that still remembers me and will be there the next time I visit. 🐿

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Part 1. Seymour found a random slice of #avocado on one of the outdoor chairs. He didn't seem overly curious about how this came to be (like is this a magical avocado chair?), so he's more of the "eat first & ask questions later" type of squirrel. 🐿

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Swipe to see all photos. Here are the other photos I took during my Sherman's fox squirrels encounter. Unfortunately they're cropped into square format by Instagram, but hopefully you'll still enjoy them. To put things into perspective, just a tail from one of these squirrels would easily encompass Seymour's entire self (tail and all). I quickly realized how much easier it would be to work with bigger subjects like these! 🐿

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#tbt from a few weeks ago. This might be the best photo I've ever taken. I accepted the challenge of lugging my Nikon with me wherever I drove, with the hopes of someday spotting a magnificent Sherman's fox squirrel in all its glory. Eventually I came across not just one, but two, and for a few moments I was lucky enough to observe and photograph them. I've gone down that same road a hundred more times and haven't spotted them, and chances are we won't ever cross paths again, so that makes my encounter with them even more special to me. 🐿

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Memories. (Swipe to see more photos) On March 7 of last year, I lost Seymour at the park. He was spooked by a curious female squirrel whose park territory we unknowingly trespassed into, and in less than a few seconds, so many unlikely variables came together that enabled Seymour to disappear from right under my nose. I searched, and searched, and searched. I refused to leave the vicinity of the park and stayed overnight again and again in hopes of hearing a squirrel rustling in the trees making a nest. I encountered over a hundred squirrels (and a few other interesting creatures) over the next 8 days, but none of them were my baby boy. I wasn't sure Seymour could survive on his own, but I held out hope that we'd find each other before it was too late. The first 8 photos represent the days & nights I watched begin and end at the park while constantly searching for him. 8 days of emotional and physical torture. The final photo is from the moment I held him again. He was starving, wounded, and scared after 8 days on his own, but he trusted me to take him back home after his adventure. It really was miraculous how we found one another, if our timing was even a minute different I don't believe I would have ever spotted him. Today is the anniversary of Seymour's return, and in a world that can be so cruel at times... I'm grateful for that day. 🐿

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#tbt to Seymour's baby photos. I stumbled upon a new photo yesterday (the blurry one at the top) from when his mom was looking after him & another rescued squirrel named Scrat (he was cared for by another squirrel rehabber and presumably is thriving somewhere in St. Petersburg). Scrat seemed to be intrigued by little Seymour, and I can't blame him. From the moment I met Seymour, my heart was melted and I was so terrified at the thought of releasing him into a world that can be so cruel to creatures like him. Still, we tried with the hope he'd overcome so many of life's obstacles. We couldn't release him closeby because both his mom's and my yards weren't squirrel-friendly. We opted for releasing him gradually to the local park, but instead he just used it as a playground. Seymour did enjoy being outdoors, but he enjoyed coming home and receiving lots & lots of love even more. So I've done my best to give him a happy life, and I hope to continue to for a very long time if I'm fortunate enough to do so. 🐿

Longtime followers know I suffer from depression and bipolar disorder. I try to avoid talking about myself on here, but since this affects Seymour's Instagram I feel it is necessary. I need time to center my thoughts and emotions, as I'm overcome with grief and sadness lately. I'll return to sharing glimpses into Seymour's cute little life as soon as I'm feeling stronger. Please drive safe and send our love to your furry children and visitors when you can. Thanks for your patience and understanding. πŸ’”

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#tbt from 1 year ago. Initially I had a few cute throwback photos in mind for today, but our hearts are so very heavy this morning and this photo seems to capture that perfectly. Rest peacefully Indi, Eddie, and Norman. πŸ’”

Please drive safe, and send our love to your furry children and visitors when you can. Thank you. ❀️ #seymourthesquirrel #squirrelsofinstagram #squirrelsofig #squirrel #squirrels #squirrellife #squirrellove #easterngreysquirrel #easterngraysquirrel #ilovesquirrels #petphotography #nikonphotography #iphonephotography #theinternetneedsmoresquirrels #wildliferescue #savewildlife #cutenessoverload #iloveyouseymour

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I ordered a couple of samples awhile back (to have a better idea of figuring out the shipping costs with an actual item in front of me instead of estimating), and although they took longer to produce than the calendars... I'm very pleased with how they turned out! The item on top is a 4x6 magnet, and the item below is a 8x10 mouse pad. 😊

Seymour wants to give these away to a couple of his wonderful admirers, so stay tuned! 🐿

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I'll start by saying that I did try to capture a video of this, but I was apparently so excited that I ended up switching to the front facing camera & managed to record my shirt instead of 30 seconds of a fascinating creature. Fortunately I snapped this shot before I screwed up the video! It was a wonderful surprise to come across this Sherman fox squirrel during my drive this morning, and the timing couldn't have been much better after yesterday. Maybe we'll cross paths again, and I hope to see it run away just as it did today. 😊

Hope you're all having a wonderful day, please drive safe and send our love to your furry children and visitors when you can. 😊
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I honestly cringe and hope each time I leave my house that I don't see any squirrels on the road, and for awhile I've been fortunate not to. This morning, however, on my way to work I came across a squirrel in nearly the same spot that I found Isabel about 5 months ago. Isabel was a magnificent fox squirrel, the first I had ever seen up close, and I buried her near Seymour's tree. This squirrel was equally magnificent (his tail alone was bigger than Seymour), and turned out to be a male. Rather than being a normal fox squirrel, he was a Sherman fox squirrel (main difference being their face is darker around their cheeks but white around their noses)... I've come across one previously that skipped across a road into the trees and I was amazed at how beautiful they are (please google Sherman fox squirrels if you've never seen or heard of them). I picked him up and took him home to lay to rest next to Isabel, and afterwards just skipped work to spend my day with Seymour to help calm my emotions. Seymour can always tell when I'm sad, and somehow knows to be extra loving when I'm having a tough time. I gave this majestic squirrel the name Maximus because he had a few battle scars that told me he was quite a warrior. I only wish I could have seen him in all his glory, I'm sure he was magnificent out there in the wild. Rest peacefully, Maximus, I hope you have a wonderful time with the other wonderful creatures that surely welcomed you. β€οΈπŸΏπŸ’” #seymourthesquirrel #squirrelsofinstagram #squirrelsofig #squirrel #squirrels #squirrellife #squirrellove #easterngreysquirrel #easterngraysquirrel #ilovesquirrels #petphotography #nikonphotography #iphonephotography #theinternetneedsmoresquirrels #wildliferescue #savewildlife #cutenessoverload #iloveyouseymour

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