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Squirrels

Gray Squirrels

It is important to try to reunite uninjured, orphaned baby squirrels. DO NOT feed the baby or give it water, the mom will not come back if the baby has been fed. If the baby is uninjured, please the babies in a box, clean milk jug with the side cut out, or a hanging basket with a soft lining and a heat source. For the external heat source, you can use a warmed up water bottle with a cloth over (change every hour), a sock full of warmed up dry rice or beans(change every three hours) or a heatpad set on low under half of the box. Even if the babies are furred, they cannot regulate their temperature. You can place the box where you found the babies or nail it to the tree. If the tree is cut down and you know mom was not injured, leave the babies by the stump. Do not leave them in direct sunlight as they will burn and dehydrate. KEEP ALL DOGS, CATS, CHILDREN and YOURSELF INSIDE. Mom will not come back if she feels threatened. Observe from a distance and allow up to 24 hours for the mom to retrieve her babies. If night comes, bring the babies in and keep extremely warm in a dark and quiet place. Do NOT feed them. Put them back out at dawn and wait until 24 hours has elapsed. If she does not come back, contact us. Still DO NOT feed them, just keep warm. 

If a baby has been in a dog or cats mouth or seems injured, they need antibiotics so please contact us immediately. 

If you find an injured adult squirrel, handle it very carefully with thick gloves and/or a thick towel or simply scoop it into a box. Keep it dark, warm and quiet until your receive further instruction. 

Flying Squirrels

Flying squirrels mainly are encountered because of an attack by a predator including a dog or cat. Please contact us immediately if you have found a flying squirrel in need. Keep the animal in a warm, quiet, dark box. DO NOT attempt to feed or treat. 

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