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Man Nurses Albino Squirrel Back to Health


Animals  (tags: squirrel, albinism, rescue, protection, wildlife, wildanimals )

Raffi
- 3599 days ago - host.madison.com
Sully isn't the first albino squirrel Terry Lensing has seen scampering around his DeForest neighborhood, but it is the first one he's nursed back to health. "It was just kind of lying there," Lensing said of the squirrel, which appeared stunned and



   

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Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Sunday September 6, 2009, 1:02 pm
Man nurses albino squirrel back to health

Sully isn't the first albino squirrel Terry Lensing has seen scampering around his DeForest neighborhood, but it is the first one he's nursed back to health.

"It was just kind of lying there," Lensing said of the squirrel, which appeared stunned and was suffering from a bloody nose when his granddaughter discovered it in his backyard last month. "I felt kind of sorry for it."

The squirrel, which Lensing described as pure white with pink eyes, is a rare albino. About 1 in 100,000 squirrels in the state are thought to be albino, said Kristen Anchor, coordinator of Dane County Humane Society's Four Lakes Wildlife Center.

Lensing cared for the animal, which he named Sully, first feeding it scalded whole milk from a medicine dropper, then graduating to grapes and eventually chopped walnuts - a diet his found through an Internet search.

"Boy, he really started doing well," Lensing said. "He really loved chopped walnuts."

But just more than two weeks into the treatment Lensing realized he wasn't properly licensed for such care and turned Sully over to Dane County Humane Society's Four Lakes Wildlife Center, which placed the squirrel in charge of someone trained to care for injured wildlife, where he continues to recover and grow.

Lensing also made a donation to the humane society toward Sully's care.

Gayle Viney, spokeswoman for the humane society, said all wildlife mammals taken to the society are cared for in foster homes by wildlife volunteers who have gone through specific training.

Viney said the squirrel is still weeks away from being released and it's not clear where his new home will be.

"Since it was a baby (the humane society) will release it wherever it has the best chance for survival," she said.
 

Kelly c (100)
Sunday September 6, 2009, 1:21 pm
That is so sweet!! Is the man still available?? Kidding!
 

Joycey B (750)
Sunday September 6, 2009, 1:54 pm
How cute. Thanks Raffi.
 

Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Sunday September 6, 2009, 2:18 pm
I don't know Kelli-I'll try to find out!;-)
 

Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Sunday September 6, 2009, 2:19 pm
I mean, Kelly-my eyes are acting up today from allergies!!!
 

Audra R (31)
Monday September 7, 2009, 4:42 pm
What a sweet man ... about eight years ago squirrels nested in an evergreen next door and gave birth to albino squirrels, three of them, two are still running around here! They are unusual...



 
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