June 19, 2009

crazy baby love story...

my sister called on wednesday asking if I was lonely
and
even
when I told her I really wasn't
she asked if she could bring me 3 baby chipmunks who had lost their mother

of course I said 
yes
and
then I ran to the pharmacy and bought pedialyte 
~because a google search told me I would need that~ 
and 
a 1cc syringe which was impossible to find
but
which the pharmacist took out of her stash and gave to me 
after I told her my heart's always too big to say no
to anything baby
and
then she smiled and wished me luck
and
probably rolled her eyes at me after I left
once they arrived 
my sister left and took her kids to a movie
and
I was alone to feed three starving babies
which I did quite successfully if I must say so myself
but
when I realized that stimulating their genitals was not making them urinate
and
that if they didn't urinate
their bladders could rupture
~google search~
I was immediately on the road to our local humane society 
which takes in abandoned wildlife during the summer
yesterday 
my sister called again
telling me that a hard rain must have flushed out the nest 
and
that the REST of the litter
was scattered in her front yard looking near death due to a slight drowning
but 
were a little better now that she had warmed them under a heat lamp
and
could she bring this bunch to me and could I feed them and also take them to the
humane society
of course I said yes 
and
this time my sister and her kids
 got to see these little sweeties eat and come alive again
and
even though they had a few fleas that we killed in our bare hands
we really weren't phased
as we were just thrilled to hold these babies 
knowing that we were making a difference in their lives
at the humane society 
we were over the moon to learn that the first batch 
had been taken home by a volunteer to be fostered
and 
that this batch would also be placed in loving hands
that could take better care of them then I could
~~
the end

37 comments:

  1. such a gorgeous baby love story!!!!

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  2. They are so cute and it's so nice that you were able to share your magical nurturing powers to help them.

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  3. they are so adorable and tiny. happy to hear they are being taken care of :)

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  4. how heartwarming! never seen baby chipmunks before.

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  5. life is so sweet and precious ! And thank God for Google, the Humane Society, your sister and you !;)

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  6. What sweet pictures! I don't think I've ever seen such tiny little baby chipmunks before.

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  7. you
    are
    amazing!
    &
    busy!
    ...
    elk

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  8. Hi Beth,

    You are a kind and brave person! Cute chipmunks!

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  9. Considering that Michael and I have trapped and relocated 11 of them and one squirrel this year alone, because they are going to do serious damage to our garden retaining walls, this one made me smile and yell, "Oh NO!" all at the same time.

    But, oh, how cute they are...and how lucky. Really, Really lucky....

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  10. Oh Beth, they are all so tiny. The humane society does some amazing things. Both of our dogs I got from there. I have never seen chipmunks so small before. thanks for sharing with us. Take care, cinner

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  11. What a beautiful story..and such amazing images. Not often that you have an opportunity to be so up close and personal with baby chipmunkds!!!

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  12. you are AMAZING! and i am always such a sucker for a beautiful love story. and one last thing i need to say.... awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

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  13. you are AMAZING! and i am always such a sucker for a beautiful love story. and one last thing i need to say.... awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

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  14. Wow ... just amazing !!!

    I live in the woods and have never had to take in anyone ...

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  15. What an adventure you have had with these baby chipmunks.

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  16. Thank you!!!! That was really nice of you......I am so glad those little hearts are being taken care of.

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  17. The aaawwww factor is at its greatest, and so is the love and kindness factor. I agree, lucky you! I have to say though, in that last picture they look more like lizards than chipmunks!

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  18. The aaawwww factor is at its greatest, and so is the love and kindness factor. I agree, lucky you! I have to say though, in that last picture they look more like lizards than chipmunks!

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  19. Oh..... how sweet. The photos are so touching...I do hope they survive and can be released back into the wild.

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  20. Loved it ... warmed my heart ... hope your weekend is lovely ... keeping you in my thoughts ... heal well. The universe will take kindly to your caring heart.

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  21. oh my, oh my!

    i'm speechless.

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  22. What an awesome experience and I'm so glad you captured the little sweeties on camera. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  23. Well done! Thankyou for taking the pictures. Have not seen chipmunks before, so now I have!

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  24. I never thought about where chipmunks nest as we don't have many here in south texas... now I know...

    good job getting them to the shelter where they can receive the care they need... I hope they'll be released into the wild to nest again...

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  25. oh you tender heart you - what a beautiful story.

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  26. I just love stories with happy endings!! You told it so well... & what beautiful & amazing photographs to boot!

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  27. I love that your sister knew you would say yes. Of course you would.

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  28. oh lovely...such beautiful babies...it's so nice to be able to help out.

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  29. Oh what a sweet love story! The best kind has a happy ending... :)

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  30. wow... sooo cute

    best wishes
    Ribbon

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  31. I absolutely loved this post. Just this evening I was photographing one of our resident chipmunks as it was perched atop a birdfeeder in the backyard. It was quite unsure what to do in order to reach the seed...so humorous to watch. I enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. Hello Beth
    I have arrived via Meri and could not resist these little critters...
    that are very fortunate..

    Happy Days

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  33. Omg, they are sooooo little and so sweet. I am glad you and your sis are such animal people (like me). Love this story :-)

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  34. Three chipmunks, and not one person referenced Alvin, Simon, Theodore?!!

    This is why you need me in your life, Beth!

    :)

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  35. AnonymousJune 24, 2009

    Helping these little creatures survive makes one feel so close to nature and so good! There's no life that isn't worth saving!

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  36. I've never seen baby chipmunks! How cooool :o)

    Dontcha just love google!!

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**I love reading the comments you leave, as they make me feel like we're sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, discussing life and wondering where all the time has gone ...beth