Caring For a Newborn Squirrel
If you’ve ever been curious about the behavior of a newborn squirrel, you may be wondering how to care for this animal. This article will discuss how to keep the baby squirrel safe from predators, guide it back to its mother, and stimulate it to go to the bathroom. This article will also explain how to keep the baby squirrel warm. After you’ve finished reading it, you should be able to care for a newborn squirrel in no time.
Keep baby squirrels away from predators
If you see a baby squirrel on the ground, don’t worry. It’s most likely a newborn and will not be scared by human contact. You can put it in a box so it won’t crawl away. Or you can put it directly under the tree where it was found. Either way, the baby is safe and won’t suffer from a lack of food overnight. Taking care of a baby squirrel is a rewarding experience.
First, give the baby a chance to reunite with its mother. Mother squirrels tend to retrieve their young during the day, but won’t always do so at night. Place the baby in a shallow box with a heat source. Alternatively, you can use a hot water bottle if you can find one. Fill it with warm water and cover it with a towel. You should not cover the baby with a hot water bottle or cloth, as the mother will become more wary of approaching you.
Stimulate baby squirrels to go to the bathroom
A squirrel’s mother is an excellent example of how to stimulate baby squirrels to go to the bathroom. The mother helps her squirrel to keep clean and healthy, but it’s not as easy to get them to perform the same task. To help, you can use a Q-tip dipped in warm water to rub the genital region. It may sound a little strange, but it works!
After a few minutes, you’ll see your little one’s urine coming out of its anus. If you can see the yellow stain, the baby squirrel is peeing. Next, you’ll notice that the feces is oblong and smells like food. If you notice this behavior in your baby squirrel, you should reduce the amount of formula you’re feeding it.
Keep baby squirrel warm
If you find a newborn squirrel in the wild, it’s important to keep it warm until it’s time for its mother to return. Baby squirrels do not have human scent, so it’s perfectly safe to keep them warm until their mother returns. Even if the baby is dead, you can keep it warm by wrapping it in a soft cloth or placing it on a heating pad. But you must be extra careful not to overheat the squirrel, as the heat can harm the rest of the baby.
If you’re not sure whether the baby squirrel needs a hot or cold food or not, you can try to warm it up safely on your body. You can also use a medical hot pack, but be sure to place a towel between the squirrel and the heating pad. After the squirrel is warmed up, you can offer a plain hydration formula. If you’d prefer not to give the squirrel a medicated solution, you can also mix plain hydration formula with water and administer it to it as described below.
Guide a baby squirrel back to its mother
A squirrel’s privates are an important way to provide it with nourishment. Occasionally, the baby squirrel will fall into a nursing trance and eat formula from a syringe. If the squirrel falls into a water dish, it may become hypothermic or drown. Force-feeding the squirrel with liquid could result in pneumonia and death. Wildlife rehabilitators will first need to check the squirrel’s condition and may run some tests. They may ask you to refrain from drinking any fluids before the appointment so that you can monitor the animal.
Another way to guide a newborn squirrel back to its mother is to place a bottle of hot water near the baby squirrel. Place the bottle near the baby squirrel, but be sure to cover it with a sock. The bottle should be hot but not boiling. The water should not be hot enough to burn the baby squirrel. Always remember to supervise the baby from a distance and don’t try to move it until it’s completely dark.
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.