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Gray squirrels nest twice a year, in late winter and summer. They commonly have litters of three or four pups. Babies’ eyes open at four weeks of age and the young are often starting to explore outside the nest at six weeks of age. They are typically weaned and ready to be on their own at 10 weeks of age.

Sometimes healthy young squirrels are found on the ground by are not orphans — they simply need help being reunited with their mothers. Often, mother squirrels will “rescue” their fallen or displaced healthy babies by carrying them by the scruff back to the nest. You will need to guide the healthy baby back to its mother: Place uncooked rice or bird seed in a sock and warm in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Wrap the sock in a soft towel and place it with the baby in an open container [e.g., a box].

Can baby squirrels survive without their mother?

They are typically weaned and ready to be on their own at 10 weeks of age. A baby squirrel has the best chance of survival when it is cared for by its mother. Sometimes healthy young squirrels are found on the ground by are not orphans — they simply need help being reunited with their mothers.

What should I do if I find a baby squirrel?

If the baby and/or their nest fell from the tree today, give the mother squirrel a chance to reclaim their young and relocate them to a new nest. If the baby is uninjured, leave them where they are, leave the area, keep people and pets away and monitor them from a safe distance.

What does a baby squirrel look like when it's born?

A newborn baby squirrel, up to about 5 days old, is hairless and pink. His eyes and ears are closed, and his fingers are joined. He will be about the size of a woman’s thumb. Soft fur will begin to form around his mouth and nose at 5 days old.

Can you touch a newborn squirrel?

Many people believe that if you touch and handle a baby squirrel and the nest, the mother squirrel will not take the baby squirrels back. Not true. … Never attempt to handle an adult squirrel as they are excitable creatures and handling causes intense stress. A stressed squirrel may bite or scratch.

If yes, the kit is likely to be injured/orphaned and needs immediate veterinary attention. Call the nearest animal welfare/rehabilitation centre/take it to the nearest vet!

Was it covered in maggots, fly eggs (rice grain like moving caterpillars)? • Grey fur noticeable, eyes slit & ears slightly open : 3-4 weeks If the baby has 6-inch body excluding a fluffy tail, then it’s a juvenile squirrel. Attempt to reunite with its Mom if the baby is less than 5-6 weeks, it’s an INFANT squirrel you need to guide the kit back to its mother: STEP 1: Take a box/cardboard container & put a towel/warm cloth/broken or abandoned squirrel nest inside. Keep it warm by microwaving a sock full of rice only for 20-30 secs (every 2 hours) near the kit. STEP 2: If the baby’s eyes are open, encourage it to climb the tree. If the mom doesn’t return, in addition to the previous steps, find a safe place to keep the kit. • Dip a cotton ball in water & bring it near its mouth until it sucks on it (be careful). So wet a cotton ball, Q-tip & gently flick it across the genital area before/after feeding it. Soft release: Let it roam freely outside at about 7-8 weeks & keep the space open for it to come back. Priyanka Mehar: She is an MBA student majoring in psychology, currently interning with STRAW India.

A baby squirrel has the best chance of survival when it is cared for by its mother. Before intervening, we want to make sure the squirrel really needs our help. Keep in mind that young squirrels found on the ground may be completely healthy. They are not orphans and may simply need help reuniting with their mothers.

However, if the juvenile squirrel is approaching humans or pets, it could be a sign that it is hungry or sick and should be brought to a rehabilitator. If you have found an infant squirrel, its best chance for survival is to be reunited with its mother. Place uncooked rice or bird seed in a sock and warm in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Wrap the sock in a soft towel and place it with the baby in an open container (e.g., a box). Raising a wild animal in captivity without the proper training is never recommended.

Due to many people trying to help without being able to go to a store to purchase the correct supplies we are adding in critical information to help you. You will find the information in the next paragraph, basic care is followed beyond that point.

We recommend Esbilac Puppy Milk Replacer in Powder Form.Esbilac can safely be used on most mammals without difficulties. The information provided here is intended to help you with the initial steps to caring for a baby squirrel. We urgently recommend that the baby be taken to a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator immediately upon receiving the animal. The information you will find here is extremely important and must be followed closely to insure a successful rearing. Rehabilitators have the experience and knowledge of what these babies need to become healthy and strong, and able to survive in the wild where they belong. Fly eggs look like small yellow dots or flakes on the babies, and if left alone will develop into maggots. A soda bottle filled with hot water and covered with a sock can be placed near the babies. Make sure the babies are safe from natural predators such as cats, dogs, hawks, crows, and snakes. This box should be placed in a dark, warm and very quiet area indoors away from children and pets. Make sure the cloths that you use do not have loose strings or loops that the animal’s fingers, legs, or teeth could get caught up on. Dripping a small amount of fluid gradually on the tongue will help with less chance of aspiration. Check the ears, eyes, nose, mouth, rectum, or any injuries that the maggots could be inside of. Normally I bathe the animal in warm water diluted with Dawn dish detergent and this will help loosen the eggs. You can give him a small amount honey, karo syrup, or all-fruit jelly on his tongue to help pull him out of a Hypoglycemic seizure. Transition slowly to Ensure (human supplement found in food stores and pharmacies) which is very easy for the baby to digest, and then gradually introduce Esbilac Puppy milk replacer. A baby will not start maintaining it’s own body temperature until about 5 weeks of age, shortly after it’s eyes open. If the animal is heavily infested with fleas, pick off and destroy all that you can, and then carefully wipe the powder with a tissue onto the skin of the squirrel. Symptoms of pneumonia can be a clicking sound in the throat area, open mouth breathing, or a runny or congested nose. If these symptoms are present, take the animal to a veterinarian or an experience wildlife rehabilitator immediately. You can also soak the baby’s lower half in a warm water bath while you massage his tummy. If there is no other option, you can make your own by combining 1 teaspoon salt with 3 tablespoons sugar in 1 quart of warm water. Remember, most pet stores specialize in domestic animals, and their employees usually have no knowledge about care of wildlife. If you think this may be the case, then you can soak the lower half of his body in warm water and massage his back, sides and abdomen. These foods may include kale, broccoli, apples, grapes, sweet potato, and hard-shelled nuts out of the shell and a good quality rodent diet. ( At Chris’s Squirrels and More we offer Mazuri Rodent Block or Zupreme Primate Dry Diet .) Once the squirrel is consuming a good amount of solid foods than you can start cutting out a feeding every few days. If you live in the State of CT, you can contact me as your local rehabilitator, and I will be happy to take the animal from you or direct you to someone nearby.

Found a juvenile squirrel?

Still unsure if the squirrel you found needs assistance? The next step is to determine the age of the squirrel to see if intervention is needed.