What Can I Do to Help a Baby Squirrel?
If you’ve seen a baby squirrel in the wild, you might wonder: what can I do to help it? Here are some tips on keeping your pets away from the baby squirrel, getting it to eat solid food, and reuniting it with its mother. After reading this article, you’ll be well-equipped to help a baby squirrel on your property. You can also share this article with other squirrel enthusiasts on social media to help them save the baby.
Keeping pets away from a baby squirrel
When you find a baby squirrel, you should make sure that the animal is kept far from any pet. While it’s cute to see a baby squirrel climb on your hand, sit on your shoulder, or nibble on your ear lobe, it’s best to leave it alone. If the baby squirrel falls to the ground, put it back in the tree and let the mother gather her babies. You can also put a pot or basket with the squirrel’s nest inside.
Remember that squirrels have high energy levels and need plenty of room to move around. They won’t settle in a cage and will begin to damage things around your home. If you try to keep a baby squirrel in a cage, you will end up with a messy house. Not only will your floors be stained, but you’ll have to clean up animal waste and feces all over the place.
Keeping a baby squirrel warm
Keeping a baby squirrel warm can be tricky. They don’t produce enough body heat, so an external source of heat is necessary. A heating pad on low setting will do the trick. Place the heating pad near the squirrel, and make sure to cover it with a soft cloth. Heat will slowly rise through the layers, and you won’t overheat the squirrel. In case the squirrel has already cooled off, you can remove the heating pad.
Liquid Esbilac can be mixed with water. For the first feeding, mix it with an equal part of water. After that, reduce the amount of water. The milk should be lukewarm, never hot. Always make sure to use the correct formula. Cow’s milk and soymilk are dangerous for wildlife, so avoid feeding your squirrel with them. Homemade formulas can be found on the internet, but be aware of the dangers of such milks.
Getting a baby squirrel to eat solid food
Until your baby squirrel is at least 16 weeks old, you can begin introducing solid food to them. You should introduce them to a high-protein pellet, either pure or mixed with nuts. If your baby is still clinging to its bottle, it is okay to introduce the food to it in pieces, and you can provide them with these blocks on a daily basis. You can also mix some fruits and vegetables in their food and give them those, as well. Ideally, you should provide a wide variety of food, and you should be able to feed your baby squirrel a varied diet that is nutritious and enjoyable for both you and them.
If you are concerned about introducing solid foods to your baby squirrel, it’s important to understand the digestive system of the animal. They can’t tolerate cold food well. For best results, feed your baby squirrel a small amount of cold fluid, diluted with water, and use a Miracle Nipple. You must make sure that you use a small syringe to feed the baby squirrel. The smallest syringe will reduce the risk of aspiration.
Reuniting a baby squirrel with its mother
Reuniting a baby squirrel with its mom is a great way to save a young life. Baby squirrels are born in tree nests and the best way to ensure their survival is to return them to their mother. You can do this by placing a bread basket under the tree where the squirrel was found. If you have trouble locating the tree, you can try to film the baby crying on your cell phone. This video may attract the mother’s attention. The video should be kept out of sight while recording the mother squirrel. If the baby squirrel is dead or injured, you should avoid reuniting the baby with its mother.
First, inspect the baby squirrel for any injuries. If it is still warm and hasn’t fallen from the nest, you can try to find its mother. However, this should be the last resort as a mother squirrel will be desperately trying to find her baby. You can also try to raise a baby squirrel in captivity, but you should be careful to follow the instructions carefully. Remember that baby squirrels need warmth and a warm source of heat.
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.