A Few Questions about Squirrels and Chipmunks


Well this is going to take some explaining. Well it started yesterday, I went to a family function and about half way through I started playing Bocce Ball with my cousin, at the second “round”, I guess you would call it, I looked beyond were the balls were thrown and noticed that there was something laying in the grass, After looking at it for half a minute we determined that it was either a squirrels of chipmunk. Keep in mind this is out in the middle of the grass somewhat under a tree. After somewhat determining what it was, we called it a chipmunk, we thought it would be best to move him away from the area, because there was several dogs around us. the thing did not seem like it wanted to move so we tried scaring it, moving are hands around it, and even poking it with a stick(see the center picture), and nothing worked, he seemed to think we were playing with it and tried to i guess play back. At this point we we kind of iffy about moving it, but sense the dogs were around I got a glove and picked it up, the thing did not shutter in the least bit. We tried picked it up and it crawled up and down my arm. After some of my family came over to see it, we then tried to get him to go into a woodsy area (right picture). He tried to follow us as we left him. So another causing came up and held it for a while or more accurately sat next to it as it crawled up and around her slowly. I went back to my game. I guess after a while they successfully got him to stay around a pin tree.


After pretty much finishing are game we throw the ball around where he was, we saw him just sitting around once again. We finished up are game after that. I took a picture of him once again, this time he was up a tree.


So now I have a few questions. First of, what is this animal? A chipmunk or a squirrel? Not that we were being serious, but we talked about “taking him home”. Could you actual train and domesticate this thing? Is it normal for these animals to be somewhat weak and friendly? finally does touching an animal like this, affect it? I mean it’s not like touching a baby bird where the mother will abandon it, right?

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  1. It’s a baby squirrel. It’s too small to go anywhere on it’s own really, that’s why it seemed so docile and friendly. It probably fell out of the tree. I had that happen, my dog had it actually, and I took it to a wild animal shelter.

  2. Maria says:

    I’m pretty sure that’s a squirrel. You can domesticate it, my neigbor used to have it, but I thinkt that you might have to get one from teh animal shelther. I don’t know if it would be a good idea to just take one from the wild. Although if you took it to a vet to get it checked out right away, I don’t see any problem in keeping one.