What to Do When You Find Baby Squirrel
If you find a baby squirrel, there are several things you should do to ensure its wellbeing. First, leave it alone. Do not feed it. Secondly, contact a wildlife rehabilitator to determine whether feeding is a suitable solution. This article will go over the steps you should take when dealing with a squirrel baby. We will also discuss how to keep a baby squirrel safe. You can find out more about this topic by reading the links below.
Leave a baby squirrel alone
The most important thing to remember when finding a baby squirrel is to leave it alone. The mother will check on her baby and likely leave forage or secure a new nest. However, you should never try to feed the baby squirrel. You may cause more harm than good to the animal. For example, you should not feed a baby squirrel food. The mother will check on the baby every few hours, so leave it alone until she returns.
If you find a baby squirrel, place it under a tree. You can press the back of the baby squirrel, causing it to squeal. The sound of a baby squirrel’s squeak will alert its mother. When the mother comes back, it will take her about two hours to find her baby and move it to a new nest. If you do find a baby squirrel, call a wildlife rescue agency immediately.
If you see a baby squirrel, try to keep the area around it as quiet as possible and as warm as possible. Then, gently rub the baby squirrel’s face and abdomen with a wet cloth, simulating the mother’s tongue. If you are unable to leave the area, you should use a Q-tip to stimulate the genital area. It may take a few minutes to stimulate the baby squirrel, but it should work in the end.
Contact a wildlife rehabilitator
A baby squirrel is adorable but shouldn’t be handled by humans. While these creatures may be able to climb trees and jump on your head, they can be dangerous, especially if they are adults with sharp teeth. If you find a baby squirrel, make sure to keep it warm. You can also give it flavorless Pedialyte for nourishment. If you have the time, contact a wildlife rehabilitator to take it in.
Raccoons and skunks are also known to lay eggs in yards. However, it is important not to move the eggs because the embryos are attached inside. If you do manage to handle an animal, make sure you use heavy-duty leather gloves, long-sleeved shirts, and pants. Animals can be frightened and may bite you, so always wear protective gear and avoid handling them. If possible, lay a towel over the animal to minimize stress.
If you find a baby squirrel, contact a wildlife rehabilitator immediately. You can also contact your local humane society, animal control agency, or state wildlife agency. Wildlife rehabilitators have special training and state licenses to care for wild animals. You can also take the squirrel to an animal shelter or humane society if you find it uninjured and need medical attention.
One of the first things you should do if you want to keep your baby squirrel healthy is to avoid feeding it too much food. Often, this can happen when the squirrel gets too much of something and doesn’t eat enough. To solve this problem, you can use feeding blocks, which are blocks of food for squirrels. These blocks are usually available in different shapes and sizes. Ideally, you should offer a few pieces at a time. It is important to note that if the squirrel is showing signs of diarrhea, the food is too rich or has too much sugar.
Another good way to feed the squirrel is to warm it up. If you can’t do this yourself, you can buy a one-mL syringe from a pharmacy. Make sure you use a safe one, and don’t use any needles! This way, you won’t end up hurting your squirrel and can easily administer it. But be sure to read the instructions very carefully before using this method.
First, make sure that the baby squirrel has soft stools after feeding. If it is bloated, it’s likely that it had a hard time digesting the food. If you think it might have bloated, try changing the type of food. You can also add more time between feedings. During the first few weeks of life, your baby squirrel might not eat enough. If this happens, it’s best to skip the feeding. If you’re not sure what to do, check for external parasites and use Adams Flea mist to treat it.
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.