I noticed that Mellow had become plump like a balloon on 19th of February. This showed she was pregnant. If it’s true, it’s the third time for her to be Mom.
Next, it was on the first of March that I could see Mellow’s nipples under her arms. Usually nipples can’t seen but once breast-feeding has begun, they can be seen. This is the evidence that she had finished delivering babies.
And her nipples are getting redder and bigger as times go by. This shows that her babies fully drinks mother’s milk and are growing up steadily.
The Japanese Squirrels in the Wild usually go into heat only once a year, in spring. However if babies cannot survive because they are carried off by natural enemies or fall out of their nests, female squirrels go into heat again in autumn. They desperately leave offspring.
I hope Mellow’s bebies will grow up steadily to go out from the nest towards outside world in safe, and I look forward to seeing them with Mellow here.
(By Kazusa Nakamaru 2016/04/05)