When I received my Oklahoma State Special License to rehabillitate wildlife, I never dreamed that a call would come in so soon for animals in need. Two days after the license arrived in the mail, I was asked if I’d like to take on the care of four orphanned baby squirrels. Another rehab specialist, who has a Federal license, had received the babies, but she had already taken on the responsibility for another three squirrels, six birds with damaged wings, seven new-born kittens ,umbilical cords still attached, that someone had left on her doorstep in the middle of the night, a goose with a broken leg, and a Great Horned Owl which had tangled with a car. She also had four more baby squirrels from the same source as the ones she had asked me about. Not wanting to overwhelm me on this first venture in wildlife rehab. in Oklahoma, she only asked me to take on four of the new orphans. Seeking to lighten her load a bit, I volunteered to take on all eight baby squirrels which she had just received. They were about five weeks old when she got them, and already had their eyes open. Needing to be fed four times per day, at intervals of four hours, I figured I could manage the care of those eight. In the days when my husband and I owned a large state-licensed aviary in Florida, we sometimes found ourselves having to feed parent-abandoned baby birds on an hourly basis, twenty-four hours a day. At my age, such intensive care requires more energy and stamina than is possible. The four-hour feeding schedule, during daylight hours, seemed entirely possible. And, so it is. The babies, one of which is shown in the accompanying photograph taken by my husband, are growing like weeds. They quickly outgrew their nursery box and are now ensconsed in two large cages with lots of room to climb around. Freshly cut branches provide them lots of play room. Those frisky little critters are slowly weaning themselves from the milk-replacement formula and taking delight in examining the taste of pecan nuts, lots of veggies and fruits, Cheerios cereal, parrot food (which contains a wide variety of seeds and pelleted feed), and fresh water. After feeding each baby, it is necessary to wash their faces clean of milk residue and massage their nether ends to insure that what went into their bodies comes out. The hardest thing for me to now contemplate is how and where to release them safely back into the wild. It will be at least a several weeks before that happens, as they will have to be totally self-sufficient, but it has been a total pleasure to have had the opportunity. You’ve probably noticed in the picture that the words on my sweatshirt are backwards. My husband took the picture while looking in the mirror so as not to startle the little squirrel. The baby was standing on a folded towel placed on a countertop. I try not to handle them excessively so they don’t get too used to being in human hands, and so that I don’t get too attached to them. Wildlife rehab work is strictly on a volunteer basis, and all supplies are provided by the rehab person, including cages, bedding, food, syringes, bottles and nipples, etc. It requires an investment of time and resources and a willingness to stay the course. For me it is a very rewarding use of time, love, and care.