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I am an Ent
After a brief training a few of us were tasked with Operation Moose and Squirrel. Over the next few days, we've been charged with the care and feeding of friends' pet flying squirrels. "People keep flying squirrels as pets?!?" you say? Yes. I have proof, and it is adorable:

Ruby can't fail

Stage 2 went off without a hitch, though the girls didn't seem terribly interested in acrobatics last night. Instead, they contented themselves with running around inside my clothes, poking their heads out just long enough to see if I was about to feed them nut bits. They chittered briefly when they found each other in the crook of the same arm (apparently, a prime resting spot), but otherwise seemed perfectly happy exploring and/or hiding themselves from me on my person. We played 'Hunting Goblins in the Fanghorn' for a while, then they chilled (in opposite sleeves) while I caught some Futurama.

No real problems putting them to bed, although Ruby demonstrated handily that she's far more adept at getting nuts away from me while I'm trying to coax her out from behind the couch than I am at capturing her.
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inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: April 12th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I so want one.
komos From: komos Date: April 12th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
They've got me sold.
wildflowersoul From: wildflowersoul Date: April 12th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Such a cute picture!

Oh, and yes, we're taking squirrely duties Friday.
komos From: komos Date: April 12th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not from last night, but I think it sufficiently captures the cuteness.

I assume that we'll figure out Saturday while we're rockin' out?
From: aphorisic Date: April 12th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I trust you were briefed in the Airlock Poop Protocol?
komos From: komos Date: April 12th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
That and the Julienned Food Dish Directive.
tenillypo From: tenillypo Date: April 12th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
So cute! I'm psyched to play with them tonight.
komos From: komos Date: April 12th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was there for about 2 hours last night and they were pretty chill. You'll have to let me know if they get all crazy on you.
watchamacallit From: watchamacallit Date: April 12th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ack! So cute!!
komos From: komos Date: April 12th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
They're made entirely of cuteness. It's a little unnerving.
champignon From: champignon Date: April 12th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
eeee so cute! could this be the answer to my "What pet to get next?" quandary?!
komos From: komos Date: April 12th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you're interested, I can put you in touch with the girls' humans. ^_^
starboogie From: starboogie Date: April 12th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do they tickle? And more importantly, did they find any goblins?

They could come in handy, though. Imagine if you were stopped by the police for erratic driving (or walking). "No officer, I haven't been drinking. I just have squirrels in my pants." And you actually would.
komos From: komos Date: April 12th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
They can, especially around the armpits and when they find bare skin. It's mostly just weird having live squirrels running around in your clothes, and it's hard to keep track of them.

Yes. I didn't even have to stomp any because they were getting picked off so quickly with hurled nuts.

Heh. How can you argue with "squirrels in my pants?" No jury would convict you.
bushidokelt From: bushidokelt Date: April 12th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, the "squirelle-pantaloons" defense doctrine dates back to a case from the early middle ages. The defense emerged from a turnip cart driver's plea that he was not at fault for driving his turnip cart over a young boy (local magistrate's son). Squirrels had infested his turnip cart the prior evening and then crawled up his leg to eat the remnants of oats which he had been eating for breakfast the following morning. When sentenced, he received the lesser punishment of branding. A colonial era case also reflects the questionable results of applying the "squirelle-pantaloons" doctrine...where the defendant claimed squirrels were intent on "getting at his nuts" which resulted in driving his coach and four into a nearby public house which he had previously exited. The presiding justice found the defendant "possessed of some beast" findign him not guilty. Since then the "squirrelle-pantaloons" (f/k/a "squirrel pants") doctrine has proved an esoteric but useful defense to criminal negligence, if raised in the proper circumstances.
komos From: komos Date: April 12th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is the best thing I read all day.

Did I ever mention that I've always heard "matador" in the chorus of "El Matador" by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs as "pantalons." It's just one more thing that suggests that everything is funnier with pants.
From: lastcallforcorn Date: April 12th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
i'm afraid the cute has killed me.
komos From: komos Date: April 12th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's concentrated!
bbbsg From: bbbsg Date: April 13th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)
i am so jealous. and even more wanting of sugar gliders, which i think will be what pets i have if ever i have more pets.
komos From: komos Date: April 13th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
They are very cool. Chat with Craig at the next Iron Chef.
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