How to Rescue and Care for an Baby Squirrel

How to Rescue and Care for an Baby Squirrel

How to Rescue and Care Baby Squirrel

When a baby squirrel (kit/kitten) is cared for by its mother, it has the best chance of survival.

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What was the newborn squirrel’s condition when you discovered it?

  • Was there any bleeding, an open wound, or a shattered bone?
  • Was it in the mouth of a cat or a dog?
  • Was it infested with maggots or fly eggs (rice grain migrating caterpillars)?
  • Was it cold, damp, and sobbing all the time (with a high-pitched whistle)?

If this is the case, the kit is most likely injured or orphaned and need rapid veterinary care. Call your local animal welfare/rehabilitation centre or take it to the nearest veterinarian!

If not, or if it is unharmed, it must have fallen from the nest. In that scenario, try to determine age to see if rescuing is necessary.

  • 5 days old, hairless, and pink (newborn)
  • Skin colour: greyish-pink, eyes closed: 1-2 weeks old
  • Grey fur is visible, eyes are slit, and ears are somewhat open: 3-4 weeks
  • 5-6 weeks: eyes open and front teeth shown, tail straightened out
  • Starts sitting up: 6-7 weeks old
  • Almost adult-like appearance, active: 7-10 weeks

If the infant is 6-inches long, minus the fluffy tail, it is a juvenile squirrel. Simply scare it away from people and pets.

How to Rescue and Care Baby Squirrel

2. Make an attempt to reunite with its mother If the baby is less than 5-6 weeks old, it is an INFANT squirrel that needs to be returned to its mother:

STEP 1: Place a towel/warm cloth/broken or abandoned squirrel nest inside a box/cardboard container. Warm it up by microwaving a sock full of rice in the microwave for 20-30 seconds (every 2 hours) near the kit.

STEP 2: Encourage the infant to climb the tree if its eyes are open. Attach the container to the tree if it does not climb or if its eyes are closed.

Keep an eye on the baby for 6-8 hours of daylight (reheat the rice sock every 2 hours).

If the mother does not return, in addition to the previous precautions, find a secure location to store the kit. One and a half feet above the cardboard box/cage, place a 100W bulb.

  • Check that the kit is sufficiently heated and moisturised.
  • Wet a cotton ball and place it near its mouth till it sucks on it (be careful).
  • Use a syringe without a needle for feeding.

If the infant is 6-inches long, minus the fluffy tail, it is a juvenile squirrel. Simply scare it away from people and pets.

Use Cerelac baby food and mix according per the package directions.

  • Feed every 2 hours for quantity appropriate to age. Please visit https://henryspets.com/3-how-to-feed-a-baby-squirrel/.
  • Make sure the formula is very hot. If the formula isn’t warm enough, the kits will starve to death. First, test it on your wrist.
  • A kit under the age of 5 weeks requires stimulation to poop and pee. So, before/after feeding, wet a cotton ball or Q-tip and lightly flick it across the vaginal area.
  • Keep a watch out for bloating or diarrhoea.
  • Start giving nuts and fruits at 5-6 weeks.
  • Keep the container clean at all times.
  • Once a week, mix multivitamins into your diet.
  • Keep something to chew on and climb on in the cage; this is especially important if it has growing teeth (5-6 weeks)

Allow it to roam freely outside for around 7-8 weeks and leave enough space for it to return.

Hard Release: At the age of 10 weeks, release it in a park or tree near where it was found.

Congratulations if Mom returns! You successfully saved/rescued a newborn squirrel!

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