We ended up keeping this mischievous little rodent...
I did ask around to see if there were any wildlife rehabilitators and no one seemed to know of any, so we just kept taking care of him.
He's living like a king these days...
Oh yea...I sent My Honey and Megan to the pet store to get some puppy formula...as recommended on all of the 'how to raise a squirrel' info and they came home loaded to the gills.
The little rat (technically he is a Rock Squirrel and considered as much of a pest to local farmers as Prairie Dogs are) certainly keeps us entertained...
He loves his little ferret bed as he is able to stuff all of his extra food in the crack around the pillow. We about died laughing at him one day. When he was first starting to eat solid food, Megan would hand him walnuts, which he promptly stuffed into his cheeks until they could not hold any more. He then ran down each level of his palace looking for a place to hide them. When he got to the bottom he jumped into his bed and started stuffing the walnuts from his cheeks into the crack. He was very meticulous about it, moving them around this way and then that way. For the final coupe de gra, he started jumping up and down on the pillow.
Has everyone seen Ice Age? Oh yea...Our Scrat is j.u.s.t. like that.
Now I don't know what we will do with him. Releasing him into the wild seems a little cruel at this point. He is very happy in his little home. He has his nest, his bed full of spare food, a hammock and his wheel. He loves to hand 'wrestle' with Megan and likes being stroked.
His only dislike is being picked up. Once you have him picked up he likes being held just fine. It's just the picking up part. Oh can that little sucker bite. Owwww!! Megan bought him a harness and has been working on getting him used to that. I guess having him is about like having a pet ferret.
Anyway, if it becomes apparent that he is not happy, he is still young enough to re-introduce to his natural habitat. Maybe this fall, as Rock Squirrels have a tendency to hibernate through much of the winter.