If I Found a Baby Squirrel Who Do I Call?
If you’ve found a baby squirrel on your property, you might be wondering what to do next. There are many options, including contacting a wildlife rehabilitation center. Here’s some advice on keeping your pets away from the squirrel, keeping it warm in a nest box, and contacting a wildlife rehab center if you’re unable to relocate the baby squirrel. Read on for the answer to this frequently asked question.
Keeping pets away from baby squirrels
Keeping pets away from baby squirrels is a must if you have an animal in your home. Baby squirrels can be very cute, but they require special care. They also need a large habitat and a long-term commitment. If they are not handled with care, they will grow aggressive and may bite. Make sure you know the state laws regarding wildlife, as some animals have been confiscated due to improper imprinting by humans.
It is easy to fall in love with baby squirrels because they are so cute and cuddly. They can climb on your leg or sit on your shoulder, nibble on your ear lobe, or wrestle with your hand. However, once they reach the age of six months, they can bite you and leave you bleeding from sharp claws. Remember, squirrels are smart and need a lot of attention. Once they reach sexual maturity, they can become jealous, possessive, and aggressive.
Despite their small size, squirrels are incredibly strong and athletic. When they’re outdoors, they will do all sorts of things, like burying food and chewing on electrical cords. If you don’t mind squirrels chewing on your electrical cords and cell phones, they’ll love your pet, but they’ll chew on anything that’s not food. You might even want to consider investing in an aviary or enclosure for the baby squirrel.
Getting a baby squirrel to a wildlife rehabilitator
Whenever possible, it’s best to get a baby squirrel to a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator for rehabilitation. Without the proper care, this animal can become ill and die. Here are some tips for dealing with orphaned baby squirrels. Keep these tips out of reach of your children and pets! If you find a baby squirrel on the ground, don’t attempt to pick it up yourself!
First, determine whether the baby squirrel has lost its mother. If the mother squirrel has died, it may have left the baby alone. Look for signs that the mother squirrel has been attacked and is not eating. In addition, a lone, pink baby squirrel might be injured or even out of the nest. In any of these situations, you must get the baby squirrel to a wildlife rehabilitator immediately.
Keeping the baby squirrel warm is critical. Keep the temperature at about 91 degrees Fahrenheit, but don’t bathe it. It’s important to provide supplemental heat for the baby until it can be examined by a wildlife rehabilitator. Alternatively, you can call a wildlife rehabilitator in your area. This way, you can be assured of the best care possible.
Keeping a baby squirrel warm in a nest box
There are several steps to take to keep a baby squirrel warm. Firstly, bring the baby inside the house at least one or two hours after the birth. You can leave the baby in the nest for a few hours, but try to avoid disturbing the mother, who will come back to find her young. In the event that the mother does not return, the baby should be brought inside. The next step is to bring the squirrel inside the house again, but this time, do so first thing in the morning.
To keep the baby squirrel warm in the nest box, place a heating pad underneath one half of the box. The baby will climb towards the warmer side of the box. If the baby is too warm, it will move to the cooler side. Ultimately, it will need a heating pad that does not auto shut off. The temperature should not be more than 99 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the squirrel has adapted to the heating pad, you can move it to a cooler part of the box and watch it closely.
Alternatively, you can place the baby squirrel in a small plastic container with the lid off. The box should be lined with soft clothing, such as a fleece blanket, to keep the baby warm. However, avoid using towels, as these can irritate the baby’s nails. If you cannot place the nest box in its original location, you can gently pick up the baby squirrel and place it inside the box.
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.