Why Do You Never See a Baby Squirrel?
Have you ever noticed that you never see a baby squirrel? If you do see a baby squirrel, you should not touch or feed it. If you spot a squirrel in its nesting tree, do not disturb it. Its natural instinct is to cling to its tree to protect its young. You should also avoid feeding it any type of formula or moving it out of the tree. Here are some tips to prevent a squirrel from getting ill.
If you ever see a baby squirrel, don’t move it
Whether you have heard the squeaking of a baby squirrel or spotted a squirrel in the wild, don’t disturb it. Baby squirrels are very cute and should be left alone. If you do see a baby squirrel, don’t move it; rather, wait for its mother to take care of it or contact a wildlife rehabilitation center. This information may come in handy for wildlife rehabilitation.
When attempting to rehabilitate a baby squirrel, be sure to do so with utmost respect. Never try to move it. It may be frightened and might become ill or even die. It’s important to remember that a baby squirrel is still growing and needs about 24 hours of rehydration. Feeding a baby squirrel with formula is not the right approach. While some formulas are good for human consumption, most are not. Only licensed wildlife rehabilitators know how to feed the babies. You don’t want to give the baby squirrel food, as this can lead to pneumonia, which is deadly.
Don’t feed a baby squirrel any formula
If you want to avoid giving a baby squirrel bad food, don’t try feeding it any formula. You should know that squirrels are not like human babies and need high-fat milk to grow properly. You should not give them formula that contains vitamins or is fortified with minerals. It’s better to ask a veterinarian to provide the right formula for your animal. Feeding the wrong kind of food can actually be deadly.
When feeding a baby squirrel, you must ensure the feeding is gentle and not too large. You should only use a syringe filled with 1cc of formula and not larger. The syringe should be properly inserted in the squirrel’s mouth and not over-suctioned. Ensure that the syringe has no air pockets. You can also make sure that the syringe is not too big or too small to be able to control the feeding rate.
Don’t move a baby squirrel out of its nesting tree
Before you move a baby squirrel out of its nest, find out where it is on your property. This might be in a tree or a box. If the baby is not visible, put a warm water bottle or old cloth around it. If you can’t locate it, consider getting in touch with a wildlife rescue center. There, you can offer the baby a safe haven and help him grow up into a healthy squirrel. Keeping wild animals as pets is illegal in most states, and the animals get little to no chance to live their natural lives.
If you do find a baby squirrel in your yard, don’t try to remove it! First, find the tree where the baby squirrel was born. It will be best if you can replace it in the same location. If this is not possible, place a replacement nest nearby. Place it in a nearby tree limb and avoid sunlight. If you can’t find the original nest, build a new one. Make it using a common household container. Do not use containers from cleaning products, because these contain toxic substances for young animals. Make sure that the container has drainage holes. Place the nest near the original tree.
Don’t move a baby squirrel from its nesting tree
There are several reasons why you should not move a baby squirrel from its nesting trees. First of all, baby squirrels need to be stimulated by their mother, not by humans. It is not uncommon to see a baby squirrel creep up on a person’s legs or follow them home. If you are unable to get the baby squirrel to leave the nesting tree, you should try to leave it alone as much as possible.
You can also try to locate the mother, who will quickly come to retrieve the baby. If you are unable to locate the mother, you can place the baby on a branch where the mother might find them. This will increase the likelihood that the mother will find her babies. Once you’ve located the baby squirrel, you can attach a basket or pot to the nest and wait for the mother to come back.
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.