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Aiken Woman Provides Foster Home for Squirrels

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Christy Roper feeds a baby squirrel she is fostering with the SPCA. Christy Roper feeds a baby squirrel she is fostering with the SPCA.

By Brandon Gates

Posted: Feb 23, 2010 11:09 AM EST

The next time you decide to provide a foster home for a pet, why not care for a squirrel? That's exactly what Christy Roper of Aiken is doing. 

Roper is volunteering with the Society Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to nurse three baby squirrels that fell out their nest five weeks ago.

"Not a lot of people do it," Roper says. "They need it more than any of the other ones. There are more volunteers for cats and dogs than there are for raccoons and squirrels."

Roper had to keep them warm and feed them every two hours when she first brought the squirrels to her home in Aiken. Now that they're living more independently, she feeds them replacement milk every four to six hours.

People may think of squirrels as the uncommon pet, but Roper is happy with her decision.

"They've got really good personalities and they're not nearly annoying as a dog," said Roper.

For more information on adopting squirrels or other pets in South Carolina, visit the SPCA web site.

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