Baby Squirrels Grow – On a Windowsill! – in Brooklyn
Feldman, a web developer in Brooklyn, walked into the yoga room of the apartment he shares with his wife, Michelle, last June and saw a "cluster of stuff" wedged into one of the windows. Through the venetian blinds, he could see leaves, plastic, pieces of newspaper –and a squirrel, in the process of delivering the third baby of her litter of three.
"I watched her nibble off the umbilical cord," Feldman tells PEOPLEPets.com. "The babies were these pink little things, as big as my pinky, just spread out on her belly."
Realizing he had chanced upon something extraordinarily intimate, he seized the opportunity to document it. So Feldman ever so slightly lowered the blinds and set up cameras to capture the process of this new mother squirrel caring for her young.
After about six weeks, the babies could open their eyes and go out for "ground training" jaunts under the telephone wire. Once they were big enough, the entire family left. Then, a few months later, the mother squirrel returned to build a nest (called a drey) and deliver a second litter, followed by a third in August. Feldman's photos and stories are now being shared on his website, The Squirrel In Our Window, with an audience of thousands.
"A lot of people are really wigged out by squirrels, calling them rats with furry tails," Feldman says. "But it's been amazing to watch. She's a mother who dotes and takes care of her babies –and it's automatic. That's it, in a nutshell."
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