Why You Should Not Feed the Squirrel Babies
If you are thinking of bringing home some baby squirrels, you should know that you should not feed them. After all, feeding a wild animal is not a good idea! Not only are they not good pets, but they are also very independent once they are no longer babies. The first and foremost rule is not to try to feed the squirrels, as they will bite you if you attempt to do so.
Human food isn’t good for wild animals
Many people assume that feeding wildlife is good for them. While it is a natural instinct, feeding wild animals can have harmful consequences. In addition to contaminating their digestive systems with human food, humans can also introduce pesticides to their diet. Furthermore, if you throw bread crumbs near wildlife, they will become attracted to you and crowd you, which can result in more disease transmission and injury. Also, feeding wildlife will decrease the availability of natural food sources in the future.
In fact, humans should not feed wild animals human food because most of these foods are not healthy for them. Wild animals have different nutritional needs and have evolved over time. They need to eat their natural diet to stay healthy and thrive. If you give them human food, they may not be able to keep up with their natural diet, which is composed primarily of plants and insects. Not only will their diet become stale and unhealthy, but they will also become more susceptible to being preyed on and killed.
Leave the mother squirrel alone
Before handing over your new baby to the mother squirrel, it’s important to wash your hands first. Afterward, you can give the baby a bath with warm water and dish soap. Be sure to wipe their face and nostrils well. You should also use a Q-tip to stimulate the baby squirrel’s genitals. Be sure to stimulate the baby for several minutes. Be sure to wait until the baby squirrel is completely empty before handling it again.
Leaving the mother squirrel alone when feeding the baby is also very important. The mother will likely leave the nest to find food or to secure another nest. If you disturb the nest, the mother squirrel may leave her babies alone and not return. So, you should leave the area alone until the nest is empty. If you must work in the area, be sure to leave the babies alone until evening. Keep them warm by changing the source of heat several times during the day.
Avoid feeding it water
There are many things to keep in mind when feeding a baby squirrel. First, make sure the belly is round. Then, mix a bit of liquid formula with half of the amount of water. As a general rule, you should feed 5% of the body weight to each feeding. Small scales are useful for this purpose. Therefore, you would feed a 100-gram squirrel with five ml of formula. Make sure that you are using the correct feeding guidelines for the species you have.
Squirrels are generally happy to eat just about anything and everything. However, they are prone to metabolic bone disease (MBD), which weakens the bones of the squirrel. Many people who rehabilitate wild animals have noticed the occurrence of this disease. Squirrels love peanuts and sunflower seeds. But do not give them too much of these things at this stage. They are too young to understand the effects of this condition.
Avoid exposing it to sunlight
The first few weeks of a squirrel baby’s life are crucial for the survival of the young creature. The animal needs to establish a strong fear of humans and learn how to be independent. If possible, keep the young squirrels in a cage for at least two weeks. While they are learning how to be independent, you should try to give them some fruit and nuts in their shells. The longer they stay in their cage, the less food they will need.
While the young squirrels don’t need a lot of space, they need to be handled for bonding purposes. If the baby squirrel is too cold, it’s not advisable to feed it. If the baby squirrel is kept in a warm room, it can be heated using a heating pad or a bowl of warm water. However, it’s important not to place the baby squirrel in direct sunlight for long periods.
What is the mother’s role in raising squirrel babies?
The mother’s role is to provide milk and basic care for the babies until they are old enough to fend for themselves.
What do baby squirrels eat?
Baby squirrels eat mostly milk and insects.
How often do baby squirrels eat?
Baby squirrels tend to eat every few hours.
What is the weaning process like for squirrels?
The weaning process is when the mother squirrel gradually starts to introduce solid food into the baby’s diet.
Why is it harmful to feed squirrel babies?
There are several reasons why it is harmful to feed squirrel babies.
First it can interfere with the mother’s bonding and nursing process.
Second it can cause the baby to become dependent on humans for food which can lead to the animal becoming a nuisance or even aggressive.
Finally feeding squirrels can also lead to overpopulation problems.
What happens if a baby squirrel is orphaned?
If a baby squirrel is orphaned it will likely die unless it is taken in and cared for by humans.
What is the best way to help baby squirrels?
The best way to help baby squirrels is to leave them alone and let the mother take care of them.
If you find an orphaned squirrel the best thing to do is to take it to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
What should you do if you find a nest of baby squirrels?
If you find a nest of baby squirrels the best thing to do is to leave them alone and let the mother take care of them.
What should you do if you see a baby squirrel on the ground?
If you see a baby squirrel on the ground the best thing to do is to leave it alone and let the mother take care of it.
If you are concerned that the squirrel may be injured you can call a wildlife rehabilitation center for advice.
What should you do if you find an injured baby squirrel?
If you find an injured baby squirrel the best thing is to take it to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
What should you do if you find a dead baby squirrel?
If you find a dead baby squirrel the best thing to do is to leave it alone.
Can baby squirrels be kept as pets?
No baby squirrels should not be kept as pets.
What diseases can baby squirrels carry?
Baby squirrels can carry a number of diseases including rabies.
What are the consequences of feeding baby squirrels?
The consequences of feeding baby squirrels can be serious.
It can interfere with the mother’s bonding and nursing process cause the baby to become dependent on humans for food lead to overpopulation problems and even cause the animal to become aggressive.
Is it ever okay to feed a baby squirrel?
No it is never okay to feed a baby squirrel.
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.