My wife Pamela has two squirrels needing help that she sees at a huge (one square mile) city cemetery that is like a woodland park here in Colorado Springs. One appears to be really old, according to Pamela, and seems to have a squirrel version of osteoporosis, given the extreme curving of her spine when she sits to eat. Pamela also believes she is missing teeth. She generally moves somewhat slowly (except when she first sees Pamela and comes bounding over to her) and takes forever to eat anything hard like a nut. We have started making our own almond and sunflower butters for her with our Champion juicer, and she really LOVES these. We also have plenty of walnuts, so we could also make walnut butter for her if you think that is a good idea. The nut butters are so much easier for her to eat. She also loves watermelon and apples, and believe it or not, oranges. We don't know if there is more we can do to help her, but we would like to try if you experts can give us any advice beyond what we are already doing. I will post a couple of photos of her. We are not trying to artificially prolong her life; just to give her as much joy as possible in her remaining days.
The second squirrel appears to move and behave normally, but she has a great quantity of white fur. She is not an albino, but she appeared hesitant to approach my wife in a way that is unusual in my wife's many years of experience with squirrels. It is almost as though she is used to getting strange reactions from other creatures. I realize we may be inventing that idea. Anyway, I have no idea if there is a medical condition that needs attention or if this is just some genetic quirk. She is certainly a much easier-to-spot target for the red tails, falcons, great horned owls and coyotes that all roam there, but we hope you can tell us if there is anything we can do to help her.
I have not seen either squirrel, though I do know many of her other squirrel friends. I wish she could write this in her own words, but she cannot be around electricity in any form and thus cannot use a computer. So I realize I may not have done a good job describing the situation, but we would love your wisdom if you can suggest anything we might do to improve the lives of these two dear creatures. Thank you so much. I will enclose three photos of the first squirrel who appears, according to my wife, to lack teeth and have some spinal problems. One photo shows what Pamela thinks is an unnatural hump from the back. The other two images of her show close-ups of her eating a nut-butter ball and some watermelon. The fourth photo shows the squirrel with the white patches.
Thank you for any help you can give us.