How To Find A Lost Baby Squirrel
If you have found a baby squirrel, the first thing you should do is check it out carefully for injuries. If it’s an injured animal, it may be crying, covered in fly eggs, or otherwise injured. If it’s injured, contact a Wildlife Rehabilitator immediately. If the squirrel has an active tail, it’s old enough to live alone. Normally, a squirrel is able to live on its own from around 10 weeks of age.
If the squirrel is already nursing, there are ways to alert it to the danger. The first thing you should do is put a box outside in a high traffic area. Place a sign near the box indicating that it’s safe to feed the baby. You can place the box 4-5 feet off the ground and cover it with cardboard if it’s rained lightly. If it rains a lot, you should put it inside the house.
If you notice any signs of injury, you should try to rescue the baby squirrel immediately. If the squirrel is hurt, you should take it to a wildlife emergency center. They have expert animal care providers available. If the squirrel is healthy, it should be able to survive without mom, but if it is not, it will be in danger. When the baby squirrel is injured, it is essential to get it back to the mother as soon as possible.
If you have successfully located a baby squirrel, you can then bring it inside. Once the baby has left the nest, it will start to call for its mother. Once it is no longer a baby, the mother will no longer be around to protect the baby, and it might even be dead or injured. If you can’t find the mother, you can try to rescue the baby and bring it inside. If you can’t rescue the animal yourself, you can take it to a licensed rehabilitator or a licensed wildlife keeper.
If you find a baby squirrel that looks healthy, you can leave it alone. If you see a baby squirrel that is injured, take it to a wildlife rehabilitator or wildlife veterinarian immediately. If it doesn’t look well, it’s most likely dehydrated or is crying nonstop. If it’s ill, you should seek the help of a vet immediately. Keeping a baby squirrel as a pet is not only illegal but also harmful for the animal’s health. It deprives it of a natural life.
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The first thing you should do is to try to find the baby squirrel. If you can’t find one, you can call the Wildlife Helpline and request a rescuer to help you. If the mother has left the young squirrel alone, the mother will be more likely to return and retrieve it. In this case, you can try to leave the infant in a nest of soft material and a hot water bottle to keep it warm.
Once you find a baby squirrel, it’s best to leave it alone until the mother returns. After the mother finds the baby squirrel, you can place it in a box near the tree trunk and keep it warm until it is able to find its own mom. After that, you should keep it in a box for a while until the mother can come and collect it. If the mother doesn’t return, call a wildlife rehabilitator or a wildlife control company. The baby’s survival is most important. Don’t let it suffer because you mistreated it. Afterward, you can move it to another location.
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.