Where to Take a Baby Squirrel For Care
If you’ve just rescued a baby squirrel from the wild, you might be wondering where to take it for care. Fortunately, there are several options. Some people take the squirrel to a vet or wildlife rehabilitator, while others raise and release the baby squirrel themselves. These alternatives are listed below. Read on to learn more. This article also covers where to find a nest and how to care for the squirrel.
a wildlife rehabilitator
If you’re planning to raise baby squirrels at home, it’s a good idea to hire a wildlife rehabilitator. While you can do some basic squirrel care at home, you should always be sure to get a wildlife rehabilitator for help. Here are some of the main things you should know about raising baby squirrels:
First, it’s important to remember that baby squirrels aren’t orphans – they’re just small and need special care. They may be blind, bald, or pink, and they can fall from trees. The best way to care for a baby squirrel is to have an animal sanctuary in your city or suburb. Licensed wildlife rehabilitators can help you get your baby squirrel back to a healthy state.
Seeing a vet for baby squirrel care is an important decision. It is important to understand that not every veterinarian can treat wildlife, and some of them charge much higher rates. If you have a new baby squirrel in your family, it is crucial that you get the right treatment right away. There are some basic guidelines for baby squirrel care. Here are some ways to help your squirrel survive and thrive. First, make sure to keep the baby out of the reach of children and pets. Also, make sure to avoid commercial formulas.
For the first few days, young squirrels should stay with their mother. She should feed them every two hours, and groom them often. The animal’s diet must be appropriate. It should also be kept in an area that is not exposed to extreme heat, drafts, or sunlight. Baby squirrels need lots of exercise and socialization, so be sure to give them plenty of time to run around and play. If you can, try to spend as much time with them as you can, as these bonding sessions will strengthen the relationship between you and your squirrel.
Baby squirrels are pink when they are less than four weeks old. They have no hair for the first few weeks, then develop soft fur around the mouth and have lower front teeth. After a month, they develop light-brown hair on the back and tail, and white hair covers the belly and legs. Their eyes are open and fully furred. They will be kept in a cage or box until they are about seven weeks old.
You can use a small open-top box to provide a temporary nest for the babies. Fill the box with soft blankets or rice. Attach it to a tree trunk with rope or bungee cords. Don’t put it too high up, just high enough to provide shelter. A squirrel baby will be safe and secure in this environment. A home for baby squirrels should also be warm and quiet. In the first few days, it will require a small amount of daily maintenance.
A nest is a good place to take a baby squirrel for care. The squirrels are used to being outside, and a nest can mimic the feel of a tree nest. The best way to acclimate the baby squirrel to outside is to drape a clean washcloth over its cage, which simulates the feeling of a mother licking a baby. The nest should be kept for two to three weeks before release.
The nest should be placed under a tree, preferably one with thick branches. A soft towel or Q-tip will do the trick. You can also use a rodent block to give the baby the first taste of solid food. Be sure to wait at least two hours before giving the baby a rodent. During this time, it will take a mother squirrel about two hours to retrieve the baby from the nest. The mother squirrel will take the baby to a new home.
a nest box
If you’re a homeowner looking to attract squirrels, you may be interested in building a nest box for baby squirrels. While constructing this type of box, you will want to pay special attention to where the squirrels are entering and exiting the box. A simple squirrel box with a three-inch hole will do. It will allow the baby squirrels to safely emerge from the box, and will be an attractive place to live.
Ideally, a nest box will be placed on a tree about 20 feet above the ground. It will provide a dark, warm environment. If the squirrels aren’t able to find a tree, you can use a plastic bottle filled with hot water to provide them with heat. If you have a doubt about the location of the nest, you can consult a wildlife rehabilitator or veterinarian. You should place the box near the original nest site if possible, since it’s more likely that the mother will move on to a different tree in the area where the baby squirrels are.
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.