What to Do With a Baby Squirrel That Fell Out of a Tree
If you have a baby squirrel that fell out of limb or tree and it appears to be frightened, there are several things you can do to help it survive. First of all, you can take it to a veterinarian or rehabilitator, if necessary. If you are unable to take the baby squirrel to a vet, you can try to get it to eat solid foods and re-unite it with its mother.
Taking a baby squirrel to a rehabilitator
If you’ve accidentally shot a baby squirrel that fell out of spruce tree, you’ll likely be concerned about its safety. Taking the squirrel to a wildlife rehabilitator is essential. This specialized care can help the baby live until it is old enough to survive on its own. Taking the squirrel to a rehabilitator is an emergency situation, so you should always wear gloves while handling the animal.
First, you must know how to handle the animal. Squirrels have sharp claws and teeth, and many diseases can be transmitted by touching them. You should wear the strongest gloves possible when handling the animal. Lisette used heavy-duty oven mitts. After ensuring the safety of Petrie, she placed him in a cardboard box with warm items underneath. Once he was in the cardboard box, she secured the lid with air holes.
Taking a baby squirrel to a veterinary office
If you find a baby squirrel that fell out of i a tree, there are several things you should do to help it get better. Ensure that the squirrel is warm, quiet, and safe. Do not feed it or provide it with water. Try to place the baby squirrel in the base of a tree near where it fell out. Play the baby squirrel’s distress call and keep it warm. The squirrel may need a few minutes or even all day to recover.
If you’re unsure about how to handle an injured squirrel, it’s best to call wildlife rescue and enlist their services. This professional will be able to give you vital information about how to safely rehabilitate a squirrel after being injured. A veterinary visit may be necessary to help the injured squirrel get better. If you’re not sure whether the baby squirrel is injured, contact a wildlife rescue organization.
Getting a baby squirrel to eat solid food
If you find a baby squirrel that has fallen out of a tree, you’re probably wondering how to get it to eat solid food. It will need a large cage, approximately 2’2′ x 3′, with plenty of shelves, a bed, and hiding places for your baby to explore. Be sure to use a ceramic water source, as squirrels tend to chew on plastic and unpeeled fruit. And don’t forget to give the baby squirrel vitamin supplements!
To get a baby squirrel to eat solid food, you should first treat the swelling on the face and the gums with a warm, moist Q-tip. If the swelling is severe, wildlife rehabilitators may prescribe antibiotics. It will also benefit from regular cleanings. If you have any concerns, visit your local wildlife rehabilitator to see what treatment they recommend.
Reuniting a baby squirrel with its mother
Reuniting a baby squirrel with its mom after it falls out of a tree is easier than you might think. The first step is to keep the baby warm. Place the baby in a box or warm water bottle and keep the mother out of sight. Make sure the baby squirrel is not covered in any blankets or other materials to prevent the mother from finding it. If you are unsure of the safety of your baby, wear thick gloves and put it inside a warm, soft cloth. It can be a cotton cloth diaper or even a fleece scarf.
You can also place a bread basket underneath the tree where you found the baby. Keep in mind that older squirrels may be frightened of the basket and may try to climb out. If the baby squirrel is still alive, you should take it to a wildlife rehabilitator. This professional can give the baby squirrel the proper care until it is old enough to live independently.
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.