Baby Squirrel Update

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Realty Works Temecula BRE No: 01233850

The baby squirrels are almost ready to be released in their natural habitat!

....This is their pre-release cage that they will stay in for another few weeks!

I never knew so many people didn't like squirrels until I became a provider of rescue for them. Leave it to me to care for the under dog!  

It all started when my son's friend whose family provides rescue services for wild animals asked for our assistance in taking care of 4 babies that were found at the foot of a tree. 

 

I've learned so much about squirrels! This was a pibure of one of them when we first got them several weeks ago...they are twice this size now!

First and foremost they need to be kept warm...their little bodies cannot create heat so they need a heating pad underneath their cage, (Not in their cage) to keep them warm.

Secondly, don't ever try to take care of baby squirrels without help from an authorized wildlife rehab expert.  Google one in your area before trying to take care of baby squirrels.  They need a lot of care because they are such slow to develop mammals.  

Other squirrel facts and why there are orphans!

The male squirrels for some reason often disrupt the nest after the babies are born.   Sometimes the mother squirrels even have a hiding place to take the babies if this happens.

Sometimes the mother squirrel does not survive the attack and the babies are orphaned.

Baby squirrels are helpless until approximately 10 weeks of age.

They must be fed puppy formula, or kitten formula, with an eyedropper or needle-less syringe every 4 hours. And they need to be fed very slowley and carefully so that they don't get formula into thier lungs!

 

Here's much more on the subject by a professional squirrel rehabilitation expert in Los Angeles, California      

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who doesn't love squirrels??? they are soooo cute!! Too sweet not to love!

May 22, 2011 04:34 PM #1
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Ann Hayden
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Jane,

We have an over abundance of squirrels here.  They eat all the fruit and the vegetables in the garden, not to mention the nuts....

Glad you rescued them.  I am sure it was an interesting experience.

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

May 23, 2011 02:20 AM #2
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Glen A. Mitchell
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Interesting hobby Jane.  Do you name them?

May 23, 2011 11:41 AM #3
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These group of young squirrels is fortunate to have you helping them and educating us about them. Your kindness and caring for these tiny orphans speaks volumes to more than the squirrels! Keep making a difference!

May 23, 2011 04:44 PM #4
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They are so cute.  What a lot of work you are doing, as their new mother!  Years ago, a neighborhood cat got killed when her 4 kittens were about 2 weeks old.  We had to feed and care for them - we would rub them with warm washcloths as they drank their little bottles.  My daughters were at just the right age to do most of it.  And we fell in love with the kittens and kept them all.

May 25, 2011 08:57 AM #5
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Jim Frimmer
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Maybe the people who don’t like squirrels once had them in their attics. I think they are cute, but the ones at the beach are quite aggressive in tearing open backpacks and sacks if they smell goodies inside of them.

May 25, 2011 01:48 PM #6
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Many people don't like squirrels because they do eat fruit and vegetables....I had TWO friends that are animal lovers think I was strange for helping squirrels.....almost comparing them to rats???

May 25, 2011 02:38 PM #7
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Suzanne Taylor
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Jane -- I also have a warm spot the squirrels.  I enjoy watching their antics.  Now that we have some large trees in our neighborhood we are seeing more and more of them.  I would feed them except the darn rats come to eat the corn and seeds I put out for them.

May 25, 2011 02:58 PM #8
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Jane, I had no idea that papa squirrel could be mean!!! 

May 25, 2011 04:42 PM #9
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That is so great you rescue squirrels Jane... They are soo cute! I had a friend that rescued squirrels as well, she had one that had down syndrome.. It was the cutest little thing..

May 29, 2011 11:18 AM #10
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How precious! 

I never knew they were so delicate.  My mom raised many orphaned animals in her younger years ... she was married to a game warden.  I've thought it would be interesting to have some wild pests.  Obviously it takes some special know how.

Thanks for sharing ... a very interesting post!

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