What to Do With an Abandoned Squirrel
If you find an abandoned squirrel, there are several things that you can do to help it get better. First, remember that squirrels are not good pets. They are very independent animals once they are no longer babies. If you try to feed them, they will most likely bite you. Remember that squirrels are wild animals, so they are not good pets either. You should take them to a wildlife rehabilitator if you want to help them get well.
How to find a wildlife rehabilitator
Whether you have found a squirrel on your property or found it abandoned somewhere else, you may want to call a wildlife rehabilitator to help. Contact a wildlife rehabilitator to learn about the care and handling of the animal. While it is illegal to treat a wild animal, it is crucial to follow their instructions to ensure the safety of the wild animal. Additionally, improper handling can worsen the situation by making it more susceptible to injury and predation. Finally, if the animal has not been habituated to humans, it may have to be put down.
To help a wildlife rehabilitator, call the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation to find a Wildlife Rehabilitator. You can also consult the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society for advice. Many wildlife rehabilitators in NY accept farm animals, but they do not accept all species. For instance, a squirrel found on your property might not be a native to the state, and therefore cannot be taken to a wildlife rehabilitator in New York.
Placement of a squirrel cage
Before placing a squirrel cage for an abandoned animal, it’s important to determine how old the animal is. It should be at least three weeks old. It needs extra time to adjust to its new surroundings, which means allowing it to spend a few weeks in its new home. You can also use an old sheet to simulate a tree nest by draping it around the cage. This will help the animal feel comfortable in its new home.
A pre-release cage is much larger than a ferret’s. Because squirrels do not feel safe and secure when they are enclosed in a small cage, they can panic and end up hurting themselves with their claws. You should also avoid placing the cage outdoors in areas where predators are likely to be. Make sure your squirrel cage is in a secure garage or shed to avoid any danger. Leave the door open during the day and close it before dark.
Treatment of a baby squirrel’s swelling
When your baby squirrel shows signs of swelling or pain on its head, it is important to seek immediate veterinary care. A squirrel’s swelling may also indicate a more serious condition, such as a bacterial infection. This type of infection requires antibiotic treatment and is caused by a bacterium called Staphylococcus sp. Bacterial infections of the skin are caused by the same organisms that cause infection in humans. The first step is to determine the source of the swelling.
If you are unsure of the exact cause of a baby squirrel’s swelling, you can apply a veterinary-grade antibiotic to the affected area. However, this antibiotic is not recommended for genital injuries since it can disrupt the natural balance of the beneficial gut bacteria. A topical antibiotic such as Neo-Poly-Dex Ophthalmological contains Neomycin, Polymyxin B sulfates, and Dexamethasone ophthalmic. This type of antibiotic may be used only after your veterinarian has ruled out other causes.
Reuniting a baby squirrel with its mother
Reuniting a baby squirrel with its mom may be easier than you think. Doug, Faith, and Kimberly found the baby squirrel after it fell from its nest in a nearby tree. They lined it with soft cloth and a hot water bottle and waited for the mother to come. Once she did, the family took the baby down and placed it back in the nest. The family then decided what to do next to attract the mother.
The first step in reuniting a baby squirrel with its mother is to check the baby squirrel for any injuries. The mother will also want to see the baby squirrel. It is important to be as gentle as possible and not disturb it. Using gloves is another way to avoid injury. The last step is to keep it warm. If the baby squirrel has a cold body, use instant hand warmers or a hot water bottle to warm it up.
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.