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    I just wanted to let any Florida folks know that Maryjane still has oodles of babies if anyone needs a buddy for a singleton or just wants to take a few. Her ages range from a few weeks old and up. You can reach her at (407) 260-6137. Leave a message if she doesn't answer. She's probably feeding babies.

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    I just left her a message. I am only an hour away in Tampa and would like to get info on becoming a licensed rehabber as well. I have a little guy who was brought to me five weeks ago and I am just in love. My papa raised many while I was growing up but Nibbles is my first myself. I plan to release him when ready, not keep him as a pet. The ones Papa raised always stayed close by and came back for treats. And several continued to use a nest box in the screened porch.

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    Meant to add a couple pics of Nibbles. Hopefully I am doing this right.
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    Hi Sottinger, thank you for wanting to take a friend for your little one. Unfortunately, this is a very old thread. Also, your little one looks to be too old to accept a friend. Typically the introduction has to be done earlier than 9 weeks. They become pretty set in their ways after that and donít always take to a newcomer.

    Hopefully others will chime in on what they think and what your options are. Thereís a lot of TSB members over in the Tampa area.

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    Thatís even better in Tampa! No I wasnít looking to get him a buddy. Iím actually looking to volunteer with a permitted rehabber for the experience to eventually obtain my own permit.

    My best guess is heís now about 10 weeks old. I tried to upload a video but it didnít work. Heís a hot mess this last week. He is into everything and runs my shop over. I canít type if heís nearby. He thinks my moving fingers mean play time and will bite and wrestle my hands until I stop and play with him. After a few hours I have to take him home so I can get some work done!!

    Any advice on clipping his nails or something that will wear them down faster? My legs bleed at least once a day from his nails. I wear a light jacket but now heís more active and running down my legs and back up. I canít do pants too with the heat.

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    This was the day I got him which was August 3rd.
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    He’s adoreable! If you send me your contact number in a private message I will pass it on to a couple of rehabbers I know in that area.

    Private messages can be sent by clicking on the “notifications” at the top of the page.

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    Sent, and thank you!

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    Iím in Tampa as well and was trying to find a rehabbed to help me with the release portion of caring for the squirrels. I have 3 that I received from someone when they were about 3-4 weeks of age...thin fur, eyes closed, dehydrated. That was last week in August. Well we are now about 8 weeks Iím guessing. Just started offering veggies and they still eagerly eat formula 3x a day...12-15 ccís. And have noticed they are starting to try out their water bottle.
    Reason Iím looking for assistance is I know at some point soon I have to get them used to being outside and then the hard part...now and when and where to release them. I called a wildlife place and next th8ng I know an officer called me and informed me I was committing a felony crime and began to educate me about the Florida law. I can save them if I keep them, but itís against the law to rehab them for release purposes and that it could cause me to have a criminal record. He gave me a warning and informed me next time donít keep them in my possession. Needless to say I will be getting my rehab license for future occurrences.
    But Iíd like some assistance for release. I can rescue and raise anything...but not for Iliad on the release aspect. Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wschober View Post
    Iím in Tampa as well and was trying to find a rehabbed to help me with the release portion of caring for the squirrels. I have 3 that I received from someone when they were about 3-4 weeks of age...thin fur, eyes closed, dehydrated. That was last week in August. Well we are now about 8 weeks Iím guessing. Just started offering veggies and they still eagerly eat formula 3x a day...12-15 ccís. And have noticed they are starting to try out their water bottle.
    Reason Iím looking for assistance is I know at some point soon I have to get them used to being outside and then the hard part...now and when and where to release them. I called a wildlife place and next th8ng I know an officer called me and informed me I was committing a felony crime and began to educate me about the Florida law. I can save them if I keep them, but itís against the law to rehab them for release purposes and that it could cause me to have a criminal record. He gave me a warning and informed me next time donít keep them in my possession. Needless to say I will be getting my rehab license for future occurrences.
    But Iíd like some assistance for release. I can rescue and raise anything...but not for Iliad on the release aspect. Thanks in advance
    Something seems really backward in Florida concerning squirrels.
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    No doubt. It totally depends on who you talk to. I've seen vets and rehabbers both welcome help and I've also seen the exact opposite. I've also seen rehabbers so overwhelmed they can't even begin to triage and offer proper support to incoming babies. At that point how could they humanely not allow an unlicensed but loving, caring person to try and help!? I'm going to stop here versus grumble for days about my thoughts about Florida's wildlife rehabilitation permit loopholes. I've tried and until I make acquaintance and friend one I can't even challenge the test. It's as ridiculous as it sounds I assure you.

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    Florida: Proove 1000 hours of care.
    Me: Sorry I can't. My Papa passed in July.
    Florida: If you can't then take a test.
    Me: Gladly!
    Florida: You must have two letters of recommendation, one of which is from a licensed rehabber.
    Me: I don't know anyone to sponsor me yet in that regard. So really why offer a test out option!?
    Me again: this is STUPID. If you can test out what is the purpose of a letter? I can't even request the test or study material without first submitting an application with such letters.

    I was nearly ready to give up when I met someone licensed. I do hope somewhere in the near future she will sponsor me and write the letter I need to study and challenge the test.

    If Florida is so overwhelmed then why can't people prove their ability, and network ability, and step up!? 😡

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wschober View Post
    Iím in Tampa as well and was trying to find a rehabbed to help me with the release portion of caring for the squirrels. I have 3 that I received from someone when they were about 3-4 weeks of age...thin fur, eyes closed, dehydrated. That was last week in August. Well we are now about 8 weeks Iím guessing. Just started offering veggies and they still eagerly eat formula 3x a day...12-15 ccís. And have noticed they are starting to try out their water bottle.
    Reason Iím looking for assistance is I know at some point soon I have to get them used to being outside and then the hard part...now and when and where to release them. I called a wildlife place and next th8ng I know an officer called me and informed me I was committing a felony crime and began to educate me about the Florida law. I can save them if I keep them, but itís against the law to rehab them for release purposes and that it could cause me to have a criminal record. He gave me a warning and informed me next time donít keep them in my possession. Needless to say I will be getting my rehab license for future occurrences.
    But Iíd like some assistance for release. I can rescue and raise anything...but not for Iliad on the release aspect. Thanks in advance
    I sent wschober a pm letting her know that there are several rehabbers in the Tampa area and I will inquire if anyone can release for her when the time comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redwuff View Post
    Something seems really backward in Florida concerning squirrels.
    The way I interpreted the law was that itís legal to have them in your possession but releasing must be done by a licensed rehabber. The way the law is written about how you get them from the wild is a little dicey, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1959 View Post
    I sent wschober a pm letting her know that there are several rehabbers in the Tampa area and I will inquire if anyone can release for her when the time comes.
    Crzy4sqrls has offered to release. I sent Wschober her contact info. THANK YOU Crzy4sqrls!

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    Forgive my rant please. It was late and I was cranky because still at work. It is frustrating though when I see people trying to help and willing to learn and they are treated ugly like the threats she encountered. Itís really nice to have folks here that are quite the opposite. I realize well meaning individuals do more harm than good quite often, but if someone is here they are actively searching out the right methods. The same for making a call to Florida Wildlife. Thank you Wschober for saving these babies ❤️. We can share a jail cell if we must while trying to get our permits 😜.

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