Good day but sad day as the saga of Cindy ends with the Caldwell family. You will remember back in August we had some friends cutting firewood on the farm and one of the trees cut held the home of Cindy, her two siblings and her Mom. Mom was killed when the tree fell and her two siblings lived for two days. Cindy lived and I nursed to a full grown squirrel.
I had planned to release her in late fall but there wasn’t any squirrel food available due to several late frosts in spring 2015 that killed most of the nut crop and fruit crop that squirrels live on during the winter. At that point I didn’t want her to starve to death so we had planned to release her this spring when the plants came up in the woods along with a suitcase of her bed linens, toys and food that we purchased.
In January, something happened to her and she couldn’t walk and I was convinced it had to do with something missing from her diet or a late complication from the tree fall. I called the Wildlife Alliance to ask for their help in what to do but all they were interested in was why I had her and that it was against the law! They gave me the number of some Wildlife Rehabs in the area and wanted me to call them. That afternoon my phone number had been tracked on caller ID and our address located and by 4:00 p.m. the Game Commission was in our driveway talking to Eddie and wanted the squirrel turned over. He had quite the conversation with them and poor little Cindy broke my heart when I turned her over to them. Before they left, Eddie was issued a citation for harboring a wild animal and his court date was this morning.
Now let me say this on our behalf, we are animal lovers and I love all animals but will do anything to protect and save any animal wild or domesticated. They become one of my children until it’s time to let them go. I don’t purposely orphan any animal just for grins and whistles.
Long story short, Eddie went to court without me this morning and was back home within an hour. The case was dismissed! The game warden told the judge the complete story about why we had it and that we had planned to release her. He said that Mr. Caldwell was cooperative and he believed we intended to release the animal. Then the Commonwealths Attorney told Mr. Caldwell and the judge that although it was against the law to harbor a wild animal of any kind he believed that we were truly rescuing an injured animal and believed the case should be dismissed. Mr. Caldwell “Eddie” didn’t have to say anything except that he did admit to being guilty of having the animal. The game warden did say in court that Cindy had been taken to a wildlife rehab and was found to have a broken back and was euthanized!! I find this hard to believe since I had played with her most of the morning and she was asleep in her house when I found her unable to walk and this is why the organizations were called.
Life goes on and I’ll always have my memories, pictures and videos of one of the happiest and well cared for little creatures in the world. I still cry when I think about her looking up at me when I had to give her up so we’ll end this saga and I pray everyone will understand why we were such horrible law breakers!!
She was always smelling my hands to make sure I haven’t held someone else. I always wash my hands good with Dove soap before handling and this is the scent she knew as Mom!