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March 23, 1998

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Chester, the Pet of the Day
Name: Chester
Age: One and one half years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Squirrel
Home: Burlington, North Carolina, USA
   Chester came down our chimney during Hurricane Fran over a year ago. When I first found him I tried to put him on our tree outside. He cried like a little baby. I knew them I was in for the long run. I took him with me to work in my pocket for the first month. He would sleep most of the time. I would take him out and set him on my lap and feed him every two hours from a hampster feeder. I had to give him pedialite (a nutrient that alot of parents give their baby's).We kept him in a cage for the first 8 months taking him out periodically to let him play on the trees in our back yard. As soon as the weather permitted we let him live outside. He knows my boyfriend and myself as his mom and dad and comes when we call. He is now full grown and very healthy. We feed him every morning, sunflower seeds, apples and assorted nuts. He plays like a kitten. He nibbles on our hands, rolls around on our arms and lets me hold him on my chest. He will also jump from my boyfriend to me when he is playing. We hope to have him for his whole life span, which is normally about 5 years, but with the care we give him he will probably outlive us.

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