She grew up rather quickly, and after starting her outdoors training, I took her further out to be introduced to her new life savers; the trees. The first tree she climbed on was the very one under which she was found. It was a small tree and easy for her to stay within the reach. She learned very quickly to jump on my shoulders from the tree when I whistled. Within the same day we went further out onto the BIG tree by the side walk. It was a huge Oak tree which happened to have a very heavy load of acorns at the time; a true paradise for squirrels.
Alicia adopted to the BIG tree very quickly. She loved exploring it and would go all the way to the top and run back down to jump on my shoulders. In a few days she learned to stay on the tree unattended, and eventually discovered a route back to home. She was still a cici squirrel. There was not a single wild bone in her body. I had to leave her on her own for longer periods of time, so she could adopt to the wild.
One cold windy day I went outside looking for her to bring her in. The forecast had called for strong gusty winds and some rain. I kept whistling to have her come to me. She wasn't on the BIG tree, so I went around the corner looking for her amongst some other popular trees where squirrels hung around. There were a few nice tall palms in next door neighbor's yard. I had seen Alicia maneuvering in them before. Just as I saw her on one of them and started whistling to get her attention, the neighbor came out of her house. I said, " I'm sorry, I'm just trying to get my squirrel", and pointed out to my baby. She turned around with a smile and said, " Oh, that's Alicia, She comes here every day." Thus Alicia got her name. Until then we've been calling her by different nicknames, but she didn't really have a name. She came home with me and stayed in her warm bedroom during the stormy night. That was my cici girl. I could not help it but spoil her to death..... literally.