How to Take Care of a Baby Squirrel That Fell Out of a Tree
First, the baby squirrel may be dehydrated. Before feeding the baby formula, you must first hydrate the baby. You can use 98-degree Pedialyte and administer it to the squirrel with a needleless syringe. Be sure not to feed it too quickly, or it might suffocate. If the squirrel has abrasions or broken limbs, you can clean them with warm water and antibiotic ointment.
The next step is to put the baby squirrel into a small box and place it close to the tree or area where it fell. The box should be secure so that the mother can get in and out without hurting the babies. It will need some heat in order to survive, so place a soda bottle filled with hot water near the infant squirrel. If the water is too hot, you can place a sock over it to protect it.
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Using a t-shirt or other warm cloth under the baby squirrel will prevent it from becoming overheated. This will also protect it from any harmful bacteria. After that, you can place the squirrel in a cardboard box or carrier. Make sure to place it in an open box near the tree where it fell out. If the squirrel is young, it may have difficulty crawling back up.
Once you have caught the baby squirrel, you must immediately seek medical attention for it. You should make sure the animal is warm and safe. In addition to preventing infections, you must also keep pets and children out of the nesting area. You should use gloves to touch the animal, and you should put them in pots or baskets. Once the baby squirrel is in a safe place, you should wait for the mother to gather the rest of her babies.
The baby should be left in a warm box until the mother can feed it. The mother will then take care of the baby squirrel for a while. It will need to be rehydrated with Pedialyte or puppy milk. It will also need to be held warm, but it should not be deprived of food or water. Keeping the baby squirrel in a hot box will help it recover from the shock it suffered.
Once you’ve removed the nesting box, the baby should be left in a warm place. The baby should not be left alone in a warm box. If the mother has already left it in the tree, leave it there until the mother returns. If the mother has not yet returned, play loud noises and put the baby squirrel back into the tree to keep it warm.
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.