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Welcome to Squirrels'Page !

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 85% OF SQUIRRELS WORLD-WIDE ARE IN PERIL

AMONG US IS ANOTHER WORLD.....AN WORLD WITH FEAR AND DESPAIR, WITH JOY AND HAPPINESS, AN WORLD WITH BIRTH , MOTHER-LOVE, CHILDHOOD AND DEATH, WITH FIRST-LOVE AND PARENTING.
THIS IS THE WORLD OF SQUIRRELS.

DO YOU KNOW THAT......

-Squirrels occupied a meaningfull role in humane history, perhaps more than any other wild animals species. While there are many accounts and activities that show their participation in humans's societies, here are some of these facts:

-they reached a place of some distinction within European aristocracy ; some prestigious families, such as Baldwin, Lee, Samuels have the symbol of Squirrel in their crests.

-during the two World Wars, the picture of a Squirrel dressed as a nurse was used to rise funds for the wounded ( those who studied squirrels are aware about their mysterious, high spirituality element linked with them).

-While highly adaptable , the squirrels species that live in dessert areas use an interesting method of deterring the predators. These species live in underground burrows to keep cool from the sun and eat mostly insects for the food and moisture. Their main predators are the snakes, that attack the nests and eat the young. To deter the approaching snake, the squirrels gather together circular around the nest and throw sand in the snakes' eyes, forcing it to leave.

-There were many similarities among us and the squirrels, also this aspects need serious research. One of such similarities is the fact that, after the Humans, the squirrel is the only species that prepares the nest for the coming babies even before they were conceived. This is the academic result of studies conducted at University of Alberta.

Much more will come in this page...

 

THE CHRISTMAS SQUIRREL

The year was 1998, Christmas Eve.

I live in one of the largest cities in Canada, and at that time I was trying to get started a program to feed the Squirrels in the city, let call it city T. I am a strong believer of this kind of program, as I am a believer in the value of any project that benefit both, the Squirrels and the Humans. For one thing, the level of humane activities during winter is very low; feeding Squirrels is a wonderful way to exercise with purpose, to get in touch with nature and to be compassionate, charitable and humane. As well , it is a very good therapy for people that fight large cities mental disorders, such as stress, depression and loneliness.

After a few articles in Newspapers about my work with Squirrels, I could form a group of volunteers willing to participate. One of them was Barry, a business gentleman.

Here is the Christmas Squirrel story:

In that cold day of 24 December, I was strolling in a downtown Park, enjoying the sight of Squirrels' chases and plays. A group of about seven young one, about 1 year old, were having a lot of fun in an open area, when the dog charged. Fast, all of them split in different directions; She got caught by one of her hint legs. She run up in the tree, dragging behind the broken, bleeding leg. Shortly after I heard her scream in pain, then I saw her running from tree to tree, from branch to branch, once in a while her heartbreaking scream shattering through the sky. The night was coming fast, the cold was getting bitter and all the other Squirrels were going to sleep. Wounded and in pain as She was, She could not sleep; She could have been an easy pray for any night predator smelling blood. So She kept running in the Christmas Eve, as night was getting deeper and colder, from tree to tree and from branch to branch, and periodically Her scream in pain was breaking the silence of the Park. It was Christmas Eve.

I could not go home to have my Christmas dinner. I did not know what to do. I contacted a Fire Station in the futile hope that they may help Her. I don't believe it was any way for Her to be helped. She was doomed at long hours of excruciating pain, after which the death will come as a relieve. Later, after mid-night, I called Barry. He came and we spent the rest of the night in Park, trying to find a solution. We just could not go home, also we were freezing. Around 4 a.m Her screams stopped and we lost sight of Her. We kept walking in the cold, dark, silent Park, checking every tree, until finally we found Her, around 7a.m, at the bottom of an old trunk, death and almost frozen.

As I was living the Park, I could not stop to reflect that , probably, the dog-owner went home and had a nice dinner, oblivious at the suffering and destruction he left behind.

Years later I reflected that . at the Earth level, many of our conscious or unconscious actions are destructive and that there are only few of us that can grasp slightly the importance of our actions and even fewer of us that can understand that, in a very subtle way, our negative actions toward Earth and Life turn against us.

Also God keeps showing us, most recently with the Climate Change, that "unknown are His ways". We get the same clear message from Nature.

Merry Christmas ! and do not forget the Christmas Squirrel. There are thousand of them with broken legs, orphaned , abused, mutilated, starved, without habitate every Christmas Eve, as result of our actions.

The Christmas Eve is the night when the Son of Mary come to Earth to die in tremendous pain in order to teach us two things: Compassion and Love.

Best Wishes,

Carmen Ghanim

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 85% OF SQUIRRELS WORLD-WIDE ARE IN PER