City Wildlife, a rehabilitation center for injured and orphaned wild animals in the District of Columbia, released four juvenile squirrels back into greenspace outside the Capital Beltway this week, including one squirrel that came to City Wildlife with a broken leg (on.fb.me/1k6habA). The four squirrels were all brought to City Wildlife this spring after having been in one way or another separated from their nests.

City Wildlife staff transferred the squirrels into a large birdhouse-like box for transport to the release point, where the box was hung from a tree. One of the squirrels wasted no time heading back into the woods, and another squirrel was not far behind. The third squirrel was much more cautious, choosing to pop in and out of the box a few times before heading up the tree. When the last squirrel, the smallest of the group, started to barely poked its head out of the hole, the third squirrel ran back down the tree and barreled back inside. When I left, two were in the box and two were out in the bush.

Music: "Hungaria" by Latche Swing. Creative Commons licensing: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/fr/

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