Found a Baby Squirrel? Here’s How to Care For It and Reunite It With Its Mother
Have you ever found a baby squirrel? Here are some tips on how to care for it. Here, you will learn how to keep an eye on it, feed it, and keep it warm in cold weather. This article also outlines how to reunite a baby squirrel with its mother. Read on to find out how to take care of your new friend! Just follow these steps, and you’ll be well on your way to helping the baby squirrel find its way back to its mother.
Keeping an eye on a baby squirrel
While the mother squirrel gives care to her baby, the best way to ensure the baby’s health is to keep an occasional eye on it. If you find the squirrel shivering, has an open wound, or has fly eggs or rice grain-like caterpillars moving around on its body, you should immediately seek veterinary attention. Also, if the squirrel is not peeing, it may be dehydrated or have other medical conditions and need immediate medical attention.
First, check for bruises or signs of infection. If you find any, call a wildlife rehabilitator. If the animal has been injured, don’t attempt to examine it yourself; the wildlife rehabilitator will be able to provide a thorough examination. Pinch its skin to see if it has lost fluid or is dehydrated. If the baby is already injured, you may want to place the animal on a heating pad for additional warmth.
Feeding a baby squirrel
If you’ve taken in a baby squirrel, you’ve probably wondered what the best way to feed it is. First, try feeding it a soft cloth or a towel. You can make the syringe much smaller by soaking a toothpick in boiling water. But if your baby doesn’t take the feed readily, the best method is to slowly lower the head to make the syringe easier to insert into its mouth.
A single orphan squirrel will bond with its caregiver very quickly. While the baby squirrel doesn’t need much interaction, it needs plenty of tactile stimulation. A quiet room will help you assess the situation without disturbing the baby. You can also place toys in the cage to encourage play. Keeping the cage clean will encourage your baby squirrel to eat. However, you should not let the baby squirrel see you when feeding him. It will likely prefer a quiet area to a busy room, so make sure to observe it in a neutral environment.
Keeping a baby squirrel warm in cold weather
After finding a squirrel baby, you should assess its condition to see if it has been injured. If so, you should visit a wildlife rehabilitator to get the animal treated. However, if you are unsure of how to help a baby squirrel, you can try heating it with a heating pad or warm water bottle. If the squirrel is injured or dehydrated, you should take it to a wildlife rehabilitator immediately.
To keep a baby squirrel warm, place a plastic container with a lid, and cover it with a soft cloth. Do not use a towel, cardboard box, or heating pad, as these materials may trap the baby’s nails. Also, do not place it in a cardboard box because it may dehydrate the squirrel, and soft clothing will help keep the squirrel warm in the meantime. When the squirrel is warm, you can place it on a heating pad.
Reuniting a baby squirrel with its mother
If you’ve ever seen a baby squirrel abandoned by its mother, you know how difficult it can be for the youngster to survive. It cannot defend itself against predators or search for food, so it will likely die from starvation. Unfortunately, most state laws forbid foster care of abandoned squirrels. But there are ways to reunite a baby squirrel with its mother. Try these methods. Here’s how one family did it.
First, find the baby squirrel. If it’s younger than ten weeks old, place it in a shallow box near a tree where its mother normally lives. If you’re concerned about its well-being, fill a sock with rice to keep it warm and safe. Allow the mother to come home a few hours later. If it takes longer than that, call a wildlife rehabilitator in your area.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.