Although it looks like she's all alone,
I can assure you that
every single squirrel
in a 5 km/3 mile area,
is on high alert!
Both male and female squirrels
in the neighborhood,
know exactly what's going on here,
and they are ready to give their very lives,
to protect our mamma in this vulnerable state
and they will fight off any
and all predators or intruders.
There will be a lot of chatting in the tree tops,
as all the squirrels will try and confuse
and distract any predators.
So if you hear a lot of chirping in the trees,
there's a good chance that
new squirrels are coming to the world near by.
She is not alone, far from it!
They will mate twice a year,
spring and fall.
If they are lucky, they will give birth to
around 2 to 5 pup's per season.
Other, unlucky lady squirrels
will help the lucky females,
and adopt a few of the babies
and raise them as their own,
to share the load
of being a squirrel mom.
And if our mamma squirrel
should fail to return to her nest,
if she crosses the rainbow bridge,
other females will take over
and raise the babies as their own.