Medical Emergency Fund Page for baby squirrels
These three infant Eastern Grey Squirrels were brought into care at Wild ARC after a series of traumatic events. Two were brought in after a recent windstorm destroyed their nest, while the third fell from the nest after their home tree was cut down. Unfortunately, the falls for all three resulted in broken legs. Luckily their siblings weren’t seriously injured, but a reunion with their mothers wasn’t possible.
As far as broken legs go, these three got lucky. X-rays indicated they are likely to heal normally, with the babies keeping a full range of motion as they grow and develop. In order to increase the chances of their successful healing, they are still undergoing intensive daily care including exams, splint changes, pain medications, and a specialized diet to ensure they grow and gain weight appropriately. Their siblings are also being monitored closely for the same reasons.
Both groups of squirrels are doing well and will be in care for several months until they’re old enough to be on their own. In total, ten baby squirrels were admitted from the two nests. Unfortunately, there will be many more who come into care throughout the rest of the year for similar reasons. While we can’t prevent the weather, we can prevent human actions from affecting wildlife and their homes. If you’re doing any yard or construction work, please thoroughly check for nests and wild babies before moving ahead. Babies are only in the nest for a few weeks before they leave and disperse, most work can be delayed for that amount of time! Giving wildlife a chance to be raised by their mom in the wild is the best thing for them. Licensed wildlife rehabilitators have the tools and experience to raise them, but are no substitute for mom.
You can help us care for these baby squirrels by donating now.