Spring cleaning caused a stressful day for a mother squirrel who had a nest containing two babies hidden above an air conditioning unit on the second story of a Fenway building.
Animal Rescue League of Boston technicians responded to a call at 140 Fenway Monday afternoon when window air conditioning units at the building were being changed, said Mike Brammer, assistant manager of animal rescue services department.
They were told that a squirrel had made its nest inside a plexiglass wedge that appeared to have been intended to keep birds off the top of one unit. The technicians noticed the mother getting anxious when they approached the nest.
“The mother was running back and forth. She was really agitated,” said Brammer. He climbed a ladder, carefully lifted the wedge, and passed it to Mark Vogel, a senior rescue technician, who was waiting in the building.
After bringing it outside, they found two pink baby squirrels inside it, along with leaves, pieces of plastic, and other nesting material.
“They were pretty good-sized,” said Brammer. “They seemed pretty hearty.”
The next challenge was getting the mother to realize that they had moved the nest with the babies to the base of a tree and that it was safe for her to go get them.
“She kept running back to the window,” Brammer said. “We had to go pick one of the babies up and make it visible and she came right over after that.”
He said she darted up to the nest, picked up the babies by the skin on the back of their necks, like a cat, and carried them away to find a new home.
Vogel said the technicians are always hoping for that kind of outcome -- “where the mom takes care of everything.”Alli Knothe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.