I am sad to report that I have not seen my little injured squirrel since March 17th. I had named him Intrepid, Treppy for short. I fear Treppy may have succumbed to his injuries (infection), got run over by a car or fell prey to a predator. However, I have a squirrel who started visiting at the same time as Treppy who is blind in one eye (cataract). I've named him Blinky because when he is not on the alert his eyelid droops over the blind eye and it looks like he is blinking or even winking. Here is a photo of him I took on Monday during a brief snowfall -- yes, it is still snowing in Milwaukee (damn!)
Sorry, it is not the best photo, I had the lens on the longest close-up I could get but the camera is 10 years old - an antique by today's standards! He is very chubby now since he found my yard and a steady food source of peanuts, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds. When he hears me whistle he comes running and turns his good eye toward me so he can see where I am tossing the food for him -- very clever! You really cannot see it in this photo although because I know it is there, I imagine I do -- his right eye is totally opaque with a cataract.
Okay, enough about my wild "pets." I came across this article last night at Ancient Origins:
Encyclopedia Britannica says people of the Magdalenian culture lived at the same time as large herds of bison, reindeer, and wild horses. They appear to have had a semi-settled life and abundant food. Their housing included rock shelters, caves and substantial dwellings in winter and tents in summer. They hunted animals with traps, snares and spears. “The great increase in art and decorative forms indicates the Magdalenians had leisure time. They also experienced a population explosion, living in riverside villages of 400 to 600 persons; it has been estimated that the population of France increased from about 15,000 persons in Solutrean times to over 50,000 in Magdalenian times,” the encyclopedia says.