I received these photos of Doug and a dear note from Linda, the Sierra Wildlife rescuer who has been taking care of this abandoned baby all this time. Linda said she had released Doug to the wild the day after she took these pictures. Even though she had a number of squirrels she'd been fostering, Doug held a special place in her heart and it was hard for her to let him go. For his part, Doug will never have it so good again. Talk about living in the lap of luxury!
Just look at this face! I know, as does everyone up here, that the ground squirrels can be absolute pests, burrowing where they're not wanted, decimating gardens above and below ground, spoiling nap time with incessant metallic chirping, but how could anyone not fall in love with this face?
I hope Doug makes a smooth transition to life on his own, finding a warm place to sleep and plenty of food. After catered meals and elegant quarters, it might be a little difficult at first. It was a pleasure to have made his acquaintance. Bye-bye, Doug.