What to Do With a Baby Squirrel That Fell Out of a Tree
There are a few things that you should do if you find a baby squirrel that has fallen out of a tree. If you can’t get the mother squirrel back, you can at least keep the baby warm and out of direct sunlight. In case the mother isn’t around, you can buy a re-nesting container. Make sure to keep the container warm and place the baby squirrel in it every two hours.
Reuniting a baby squirrel with its mother
The best way to reunite a squirrel baby with its mother after it falls from a tree is to bring it indoors, where there is no risk of extreme weather. Alternatively, you can attach a bread basket to the tree’s lower level and place the baby inside it. Older squirrels may be afraid of the bread basket falling out, so they may be wary of it as well.
First, check the baby squirrel for any wounds. Make sure the squirrel is warm and dry. If the squirrel is not warm and still alive, flannel or a warm water bottle should be placed inside the box. After the baby is warm, place it back into the nest. You can also try warming some uncooked rice in a sock and placing it in the tree.
If the mother does not show, place the baby inside the nest box. If you can’t place the baby in the tree, try placing a cardboard box nearby instead. Then, leave the box nearby to monitor the baby. Try to avoid leaving the baby alone overnight, and don’t give it food. Reuniting a baby squirrel with its mother after it falls out of a tree may require some more work, but it is well worth the effort.
Keeping a baby squirrel warm
You may wonder how to keep a baby squirrel warm after it has fallen out of a tree. Baby squirrels can be surprisingly warm, but you should make sure to bring it indoors. If you can, avoid leaving the squirrel out in the open overnight, as predators are likely to come and eat it. To keep a baby squirrel warm, place it in a cardboard box or carrier that is close to the tree where it fell. Place the box close to the tree where it fell, and put a sock over it.
You can try to feed the baby squirrel formula the same way you would a human, using a syringe. The smallest syringe is ideal because it will lessen the risk of aspiration. The best formula is Esbilac, which is only available at some pet stores and Chris’ Squirels and More. However, you must buy the formula immediately after you find the baby.
The baby squirrel will need stimulation and toys. If you’re lucky, you’ve already got a box of shredded newspaper and a soft washcloth to give it a good bath. Keep the box in a dark room. Place the box over a heating pad or next to a heater. Make sure to use a box that has holes for air circulation and a lid. If the baby squirrel has been sleeping in the box, make sure to retrieve it after each feeding.
Keeping a baby squirrel away from sunlight
If you find a baby squirrel, it is important to take it to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible. The right care for a baby animal is crucial and improper care can lead to its death. You can find a list of rehabilitators in your local area on the internet. You can also contact your local S.P.C.A. chapter for help in finding a rehabber.
Once you have a baby squirrel, place it in a container that is tied to the tree. Make sure to cover the container with a sock or t-shirt to keep the baby warm and away from direct sunlight. Do not feed the baby squirrel, as it needs warmth to survive. If you find a baby squirrel, play youtube clips of crying baby squirrels to attract mom. If mom does not return, you may have to wait up to 24 hours before she returns.
Keep the box out of direct sunlight, and avoid placing your squirrel in a room with too much heat or too much sunlight. Try to keep temperatures around 100 degrees, as it can cause the squirrel to bite or escape. Besides, sunlight causes a high fever, and squirrels are naturally prone to fever. By removing direct sunlight from its cage, you will prevent your baby from gaining weight. If you have a large room, put the cage in the corner where the temperature is more constant. If you live in a room with high temperatures, you can keep the box covered with a sheet or a paper towel to avoid the 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.