I wanted to share something really amazing that I saw this weekend. I was packing the van for a disc golf tournament and I saw a squirrel climbing down a tree with something in its mouth. It looked too big to be a nut, so I got a closer look. It was carrying its baby down the tree! The pictures in the post are not great, but I did not want to disturb the process just to get a picture.
It ran across our driveway to a nearby tree, went up the new tree, and disappeared. Then it went back and got another baby. It repeated this at least 5 times. I did not realize that squirrels had that many babies. (According to Clemson University, they usually have 2-4 babies, but can have up to 6.)
The original nest was built in the branches of a tree, but the new one was in a hole in the trunk. I thought that maybe the mother squirrel was moving the babies because of the storm that was coming. After a little research, it seems like this might be the case, but it is actually normal for a squirrel to move her babies. The babies might be moved if the nest it threatened or if the babies outgrow the nest.
Take the time today to enjoy God’s wonderful creation, even if it is just in your own yard.