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July 12, 1999

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Tokusho, the Pet of the Day
Name: Tokusho
Age: Eight weeks old
Gender: Female
Kind: Gray Squirrel
Home: Escanaba, Michigan, USA
   I guess you really can't call Toki, a gray squirrel, a pet, although she is full of love and affection. She is a wild animal. But she deserves to be seen. We are animal rehabilitators and Tokusho ("Precious" in Japanese), an orphan, was brought to us on May 7 when she was about five weeks old. She is now spending her days out in the trees - learning her world - but comes back to her "nest" - a warm, cozy den on our screened-in deck, with plenty of food and water , when she feels she needs a bit of security. Her visits will become less frequent until, one day soon, she will visit "home" for the last time. We will always love and miss her. Squirrels deserve to be wild and free and should never be kept in captivity. This is one of her latest pictures - and probably one of her last, so I made it a bit special.

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