Squirrels as Pets. Anybody?

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toadgas

Trad climber
los angeles
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 19, 2012 - 12:07pm PT
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Not really off-topic, since squirrels and monkeys, for example, are far better climbers than humans will ever be.

Relativity is at play...the squirrels' tiny claws (and monkeys' tiny fingertips) make what appear to be microscopic "handholds" become beefy jugs and mailslots. Witness the squirrel as he quickly climbs his tree.

I'm pondering a mail-order Squirrel Business, an exotic new business line. At issue are city codes and such that prohibit harboring "wild animals" ...but the plan is to semi-domesticate the common tree squirrel, which are plentiful in my backyard. Sending live animals thru the US Mail is also quite common.

Sound stupid? Not really! There's nothing new under the Sun, so entrepreneurship these days must lay squarely on the lunatic fringe (like Chessler). The pet market is saturated, current revenue streams have become diverse. It's all hit or miss. Also, as the Recession continues and society becomes more dysfunctional, people become more neurotically fixated, obsessive about their pets--and people have become bored with just cats and dogs.

When I was a kid you could still buy a monkey in a pet shop, a Rhesus or a Macaque. I'm looking into this too...not sure you can send a live monkey thru the US Mail though.

There used to be a rock climber who owned a rock climbing monkey. Seriously, the monkey could free solo just about any 5.11 face...if it got truly gripped the monkey would sh#t little spheroid turds that would dribble down the rock face. I think the guy was training his monkey to clip the first or second bolts on sport routes.

Anyway, I'm trying to gauge general interest in this, one of about half a dozen business ventures of mine.


Can I put you down for a squirrel?



I'm also thinking about capturing the noisy parrots that live around my house and putting them in a box and sending them to people. Parrots in a pet store cost about $500 apiece!


 
nature

climber
Aridzona for now Denver.... here I come...
Jan 19, 2012 - 12:10pm PT
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jan 19, 2012 - 12:12pm PT
You could breed Pit Squirrels.

DMT
neversummer

Trad climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
Jan 19, 2012 - 12:16pm PT
Put me down for 2...
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jan 19, 2012 - 12:20pm PT
I had one as a pet back in Ukraine, but had to put it to sleep after it killed one of my hamsters.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jan 19, 2012 - 12:23pm PT
You whacked your squirrel? What did you do with it's nuts?

DMT
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Jan 19, 2012 - 12:25pm PT
i will take 20......Pet.. or meat....
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Jan 19, 2012 - 12:26pm PT
I had a pet squirrel I saved as a baby, so I can give you the scoop.

Baby squirrels are pretty cute and cuddly and mine was tame when he was little. As he got bigger he got more dangerous. Every vertical object (including humans) = TREE to them. They are fast and have long claws. My arms neck and face were covered in bloody scratches for months and he destroyed the house. I'm lucky I still have both eyes. The minute he hit puberty he went totally feral and couldn't be handled at all, so no... they do not make good pets.

I just turned mine loose in the yard and let him go free.

apogee

climber
Jan 19, 2012 - 12:28pm PT
Pet or Meat?

Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Jan 19, 2012 - 12:29pm PT
A squirrel is a good first project for a beginning student taxidermist. Not much skin to treat with alum; easy wire frame mount. Remember to buy some nice beady glass eyes before you begin the project. Change out the old blade in your scalpel too.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Jan 19, 2012 - 12:31pm PT
Then there's those Jedi squirrels that have gone to the dark side.

You REALLY don't want to mess with them.

Sith squirrel
Sith squirrel
Credit: justthemaid
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jan 19, 2012 - 12:33pm PT
i once had a golden mantle squirrel for a pet.. The dood just couldnt help but nip me when hand feeding him snacks! It was like he was perfectly at home for a few nibbles, then he would sneak in a little nibble off my hand or fingers! Never did get used to that.
apogee

climber
Jan 19, 2012 - 12:33pm PT
I have a neighbor who rehabs squirrels in our area- they get slaughtered on the roads regularly around here. She's been doing it for many years, and the local community knows this well, so she has dealt with dozens and dozens of them over the years.

There have been a few who wound up as longer term 'pets' due to the extent of their injuries (one in particular had damaged their spine in a fall from a tree when their bugkilled pinetree home was cut down), but they don't stick around any longer than necessary. Eventually, they wind up being set free for the reasons jtm describes above.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jan 19, 2012 - 12:34pm PT
What did you do with it's nuts?

Ate them. Squirrel nuts in my borsh was great!
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Jan 19, 2012 - 12:36pm PT
Apogee ..lol, dramatic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2a20_ELqW4&feature=related

squirrel, monkey, mole, chicken, and getting tooled....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ugtpn-zWjtI&feature=related
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jan 19, 2012 - 12:40pm PT
i once had a golden mantle squirrel for a pet.. The dood just couldnt help but nip me when hand feeding him snacks! It was like he was perfectly at home for a few nibbles, then he would sneak in a little nibble off my hand or fingers! Never did get used to that.

how did you kill it?
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 19, 2012 - 12:50pm PT
Can I put you down for a squirrel?

I want this on a teeshirt.


Oh, and I'll take 8 to gift to Anders.
Gary

climber
That Long Black Cloud Is Coming Down
Jan 19, 2012 - 12:55pm PT
Flying squirrels are the hot commodity. Plus you get to sell the extras, like a bonding pouch.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 19, 2012 - 01:10pm PT
Uh, I have some squirrels in my hood who don't think highly of cages...

Credit: Reilly

As for those damn noisy parrots let's talk. A few years ago I had a pair
of Cockatoos hanging out in my pecan tree for like a month! They woulda
been worth $3-4 grand! Maybe more to Crimpie in Colorado. I think the
resident Great Horned Owl got 'em - they were kinds hurtin' in the camo department.
Grampa

Trad climber
OC in So Cal
Jan 19, 2012 - 01:12pm PT
I saw a guy in Huntington Beach this weekend with a possum on a leash. Ugly, yet cute, but watch out for those teeth.

The possum did not look too happy.

( How do you spell possum ? )
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