What Do You Do With a Baby Squirrel?
If you find an orphaned baby squirrel, there are a few things that you should do. It may be too young to generate its own heat, too old to feed, or it may be scared of humans. These are the cases when you should seek veterinary advice. Then, acquire the necessary supplies to properly care for your baby squirrel. Listed below are a few ideas on how to care for your baby squirrel.
If you find an orphaned baby squirrel
If you find an orphaned baby, there are some things you should do immediately. First of all, try to find the mother squirrel. The mom will be desperate to find her lost baby and won’t reject it just because you’re bringing it home. Second, call a wildlife rehabilitator. They will raise the baby for at least six weeks before releasing it back into the wild.
If the orphaned squirrel has a broken bone, open wound, or other injuries, the best thing to do is take it to a veterinarian. The sooner the animal gets proper care, the better, and you will increase its chances of survival. You may also notice that the baby squirrel has maggots or fly eggs on it. You should also look for rice-grain-like moving caterpillars. If the squirrel is cold, wet, or crying non-stop, it needs immediate veterinary care.
If a baby squirrel is afraid of humans
Unless you have an experienced caregiver, a baby squirrel may be afraid of humans. But it’s important to understand that a baby squirrel doesn’t know how to be afraid of humans. Most baby squirrels are very sociable, and will seek human attention. They must learn to fear humans, though, if you want to have a relationship with them. In addition, babies will often become a nuisance to their environment if they are not properly socialized.
Sometimes a baby squirrel may approach humans for food, warmth, or shelter. It’s not necessarily a sign of fear, but rather necessity. The young may stare at humans for a long time before approaching you. Then, when they sense danger, they’ll take off running away. If a baby squirrel is afraid of humans, try giving it a treat. You may not even need a treat if it’s scared of humans.
If a baby squirrel is too young to generate its own heat
If a baby squirrel is too young to produce heat, you can try bringing it inside. You can place it inside a small box that has holes for air circulation, next to a heating pad, or near a heater. Afterward, you can remove the box and give it a bath. If the baby squirrel is too young to generate heat, you should recover it after each feeding.
To help a young squirrel generate its own heat, it needs to be stimulated to urinate or bowel movement. Use a damp washcloth to clean the area and simulate the mother’s tongue. Also, insert a Q-tip to stimulate the genitals of the baby squirrel. Do this for several minutes and be patient. It may take several minutes for the baby to pee or urinate.
If a baby squirrel is too old to feed
If a baby squirrel is too young to feed, you may want to wait until it is nine or ten weeks old before feeding it with formula. Once the baby squirrel has gained weight and is eating well, you can gradually stop feeding it with formula. You can also offer small pieces of food such as nuts and vegetable pieces to keep it interested in feeding. However, if you’re unsure about feeding your squirrel, don’t be surprised if you see him eating everything in sight.
While you’re waiting for your new pet, you should inspect it first. Make sure you put on gloves to avoid injuring the animal. Look for signs that the squirrel has an open wound or broken bone. It may also have maggots or fly eggs or be covered in a rice grain-like caterpillar. If a baby squirrel is crying nonstop, it’s time to take it to the vet.
What is the best way to care for a baby squirrel?
Answer 1: The best way to care for a baby squirrel is to take it to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
What should you do if you find a baby squirrel?
Answer 2: The best thing to do if you find a baby squirrel is to take it to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
How can you tell if a baby squirrel needs help?
Answer 3: If a baby squirrel is found out of its nest and/or without its mother it will likely need help from a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
What should you not do if you find a baby squirrel?
Answer 4: The worst thing you can do if you find a baby squirrel is to try to care for it yourself.
The second worst thing you can do is to leave it where you found it.
How long does it take for a baby squirrel to be independent?
Answer 5: Baby squirrels typically take around 3 months to be independent.
What do baby squirrels eat?
Answer 6: Baby squirrels eat a variety of things but their main diet consists of formula fruits and vegetables.
What kind of formula do baby squirrels drink?
Answer 7: Baby squirrels should drink a milk-based formula.
How often do baby squirrels need to be fed?
Answer 8: Baby squirrels need to be fed every 2-3 hours.
How much formula should a baby squirrel drink each feeding?
Answer 9: A baby squirrel should drink around 1-2 tablespoons of formula per feeding.
What are some signs that a baby squirrel is dehydrated?
Answer 10: Some signs that a baby squirrel is dehydrated are a dry mouth and/or lack of urination.
How can you hydrate a baby squirrel?
Answer 11: The best way to hydrate a baby squirrel is to give it Pedialyte or an electrolyte solution.
What temperature should a baby squirrel’s formula be?
Answer 12: A baby squirrel’s formula should be around body temperature or 98-100 degrees Fahrenheit.
How can you tell if a baby squirrel is too cold?
Answer 13: A baby squirrel is too cold if it is shivering or has a low body temperature.
How can you tell if a baby squirrel is too hot?
Answer 14: A baby squirrel is too hot if it is panting or has a high body temperature.
What is the best way to handle a baby squirrel?
Answer 15: The best way to handle a baby squirrel is to wear gloves and to support its body with your hand.
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.