How to Rescue a Baby Squirrel
If you see a baby squirrel, don’t treat it like a pet. Instead, take care of the baby squirrel and feed it a few nutritious treats. Feed the baby squirrel well, and let it acclimate for two weeks before releasing it. A few days later, you can move on to the next step. Read on for more information. If you find a baby squirrel in your yard, don’t treat it like a pet.
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Avoid treating a baby squirrel like a pet
While it is not necessary to raise a baby squirrel yourself, you should seek out a Wildlife Rehabilitator to help it recover. This is important because incorrect treatment can be harmful to the animal. While some people may raise a baby squirrel themselves, ensuring its health is a high priority. In any case, the following information should be used with care. It is best to keep these animals out of reach of children and pets.
First, make sure to examine the infant squirrel for injuries and bite marks. Clean its fur thoroughly with blue Dawn soap or Instant Shampoo, a no-rinse formula that loosens dirt and oil and deodorizes the skin. Once it is clean, perform a parasite check using a Q-tip. You can find many helpful videos on YouTube to help you perform this task.
If you do find a baby squirrel, try bringing it indoors. Make sure the mother squirrel does not return within 30 minutes. If night falls, the baby should be brought indoors. If the baby squirrel is exposed to dangers such as predators, bring it indoors to rest and recover. Keep the squirrel in a warm room and do not expose it to cold temperatures, since this can cause further distress.
Feeding a baby squirrel
Before you feed a baby squirrel, you must first warm it up. To do this, gradually raise the temperature of the squirrel’s habitat. You must also keep an eye on it to avoid overheating. The temperature of a squirrel’s body is 99 degrees Fahrenheit, while that of humans is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. If the squirrel is still cold when you feed it, keep its temperature at a moderate level for a few minutes.
If the squirrel is cold, it might be able to suck formula from a syringe. However, if the syringe is too large, it might end up in the baby’s lungs. This can cause pneumonia, which is life-threatening. A wildlife rehabilitator should evaluate the squirrel’s condition. They will likely run medical tests. If a squirrel’s breathing is affected by fluids, contact an emergency vet as soon as possible.
Once the squirrel is calm, it is time to feed it. You can begin by using a soft washcloth that mimics a mother’s lick to clean the baby. Make sure you place the washcloth on the squirrel’s face and mouth to simulate the way the mother would. You may also want to place a washcloth in the cage, which can help stimulate the baby to play.
Transporting a baby squirrel
If you’ve found a baby squirrel, the first thing you should do is put it in a box, and keep it somewhere warm, preferably near a tree, so it won’t get cold. Make sure to keep it warm and secure so that the mother won’t try to climb in. If the baby squirrel is too cold, you can place a hot soda bottle under its tail, but be sure to test the temperature first!
Don’t handle the baby squirrel roughly, as squirrels have powerful claws and teeth. They can also carry several diseases, so you’ll need to use the strongest gloves possible. Lisette used heavy-duty oven mitts. The baby squirrel should be placed in a cardboard box with something warm under it. You can cover it with a lid, but make sure there are holes in the lid for air.
After rescuing the baby squirrel, keep it warm in a box with a lid. The box should be no deeper than 3 inches. If the baby squirrel has been injured or is too small, keep it in a soft place where it won’t get cold. For example, if you find a baby squirrel in a tree and it has a nest, place the baby in the box to prevent it from nesting there.
How do you know if a baby squirrel is orphaned?
If the baby squirrel is alone crying or if its nest has been disturbed it is likely orphaned.
What are the basic steps of rescuing a baby squirrel?
The basic steps of rescuing a baby squirrel are to make sure it is indeed orphaned to keep it warm and to get it to a wildlife rehabilitation center as soon as possible.
How do you keep a baby squirrel warm?
You can keep a baby squirrel warm by wrapping it in a soft cloth or T-shirt and placing it in a small box with a hot water bottle.
How do you know if a baby squirrel is injured?
If a baby squirrel is bleeding has a broken bone or is having difficulties moving it is likely injured and you should take it to a wildlife rehabilitation center as soon as possible.
What should you do if you find an injured baby squirrel?
If you find an injured baby squirrel the best thing to do is to take it to a wildlife rehabilitation center as soon as possible.
What should you do if you find a baby squirrel that is not injured?
If you find a baby squirrel that is not injured you can try to reunite it with its mother.
If you cannot find the mother or if the mother is dead you should take the baby to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
How do you reunite a baby squirrel with its mother?
To reunite a baby squirrel with its mother you should place the baby in a small box or cage and put it in the area where you found the baby.
Make sure to keep an eye on the baby as the mother may not come back if she knows humans are around.
What should you do if the mother squirrel does not come back?
If the mother squirrel does not come back you should take the baby to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
How long does it take for a mother squirrel to come back?
It can take anywhere from a few hours to a day for a mother squirrel to come back.
What should you do if you cannot find the mother squirrel?
If you cannot find the mother squirrel you should take the baby to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
What are the benefits of taking a baby squirrel to a wildlife rehabilitation center?
The benefits of taking a baby squirrel to a wildlife rehabilitation center are that the baby will receive professional care and have a higher chance of survival.
What are the risks of taking a baby squirrel to a wildlife rehabilitation center?
The risks of taking a baby squirrel to a wildlife rehabilitation center are that the baby may be euthanized if it is determined to be non-releasable or it may not receive the level of care it needs.
What is the best way to transport a baby squirrel?
The best way to transport a baby squirrel is in a small box or cage.
Make sure to line the bottom with soft cloth or paper towels and to keep the baby warm.
What should you do when you get to the wildlife rehabilitation center?
When you get to the wildlife rehabilitation center you should give the staff all the information you have about the baby squirrel including where and when you found it.
What should you do if the wildlife rehabilitation center is closed?
If the wildlife rehabilitation center is closed you should call a local wildlife rehabilitator or animal control officer to get advice on what to do next.
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.