Weekends at my aunt’s home up the hill was fun. She too had a mini zoo including us, two pairs of guarding geese, quails, pups, guinea fowls, hens - jet black to fancy polish hens with shaggy 80’s style horribly gone wrong haircut, the socks hens with feathered legs (Brahma Bantam), the white silkie hen with posh hair & socks for feathers, an annoying rooster who even crowed when it saw the moon or the car light, let alone a torch light as long as it was round (What an idiot) a tank full of overweight gold fishes who were always hungry, a parrot & a tiny baby squirrel that fell off the cocoa tree on a windy rainy day. Till it gained strength the baby squirrel hardly a week or two old was drip fed milk from an ink filler every 3rd hour. It quietly snuggled in a cotton VIP men vest (borrowed from our uncle which was replaced daily with a new one until he found out & reduced it to two old vests with holes.) After a month she would be asleep in my cousin’s shirt pocket & sometimes peek up to see what’s happening around. We had her for about 2-1/2 months but after that it’s not fair to keep them as naturally they are wild. Though we put her cage where we found her; as a nest to come back and sleep with food supply for a month it would still come by the cocoa tree near the kitchen window & check on us. My aunt would leave a banana in the feeder. Close to a year later we saw her partner and then her children follow the ritual.
Years later at home I get to see a new mom perched on the broken mango branch on the top munching on dosa, her baby munching on the dry wood below. This is the wild Indian palm squirrel with beautiful 3 stripes on its back- loves to eat my Amma’s dosa, puttu, (steamed rice cake) fried crisp jackfruit, boiled plantain, cooked rice, drinks honey from the banana flower but ignores peanuts! Such a #spoiled #wildsquirrel
. *insta cropped the mamma squirrel! & my video Nonsense
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