It appears to have fallen out of the tree. I moved it to the base of the tree without touching it directly. I have left messages for 3 wildlife rescue groups, but does anyone know how long the mom will generally take to come get her baby? Should I not have moved it?
baby squirrel in my yard
|by Anonymous||reply 85||September 14, 2021 5:50 PM|
Good for you maybe this will help or email them.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||September 3, 2021 4:50 PM|
I’m not even sure squirrels are capable of picking up their babies and carrying them back up into their nest. Rabbits aren’t. If you leave it there it will either get eaten by a cat or die of exposure/starvation.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||September 3, 2021 4:50 PM|
Is that the same tree the mama's nest is in? You should put him in a nest (even a cardboard box) that has something in it to keep him warm, and place it in or near where his real nest is, so his mom can find him.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||September 3, 2021 4:50 PM|
You should shove it up your ass, OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||September 3, 2021 4:52 PM|
[quote] If a baby squirrel or their nest has fallen to the ground, put them back in the tree for the mother to collect. The safest way to do this is to use a basket or pot you can put the nest in and hang or place in the tree.
I guess this might be right? But maybe use gloves and don't breath too much on the baby? And leave a little fruit in the basket, to attract the mom and feed the baby while the mom is looking for him?
I'm sorry this happened. It's sad for the baby and very stressful for you no doubt.
But thank you for seeking to do the right thing. BTW, he's probably not safe at the base of three so I'd act fast.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||September 3, 2021 4:53 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 6||September 3, 2021 4:53 PM|
r2, I talked to someone who answered the phone at the places I first called, and she told me they do and that the mom's probably watching everything I do, waiting till she feels safe to get her baby.
I will check that out now, r1.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||September 3, 2021 4:53 PM|
And maybe mash some of the fruit up, so the baby has an easier time eating it. A mushy peach mashed a bit?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||September 3, 2021 4:54 PM|
Thank you so much for doing the right thing, OP. I do think that if you handle him directly, he may be abandoned/never collected by the mother. So gloves, etc. would be good.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||September 3, 2021 4:54 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 10||September 3, 2021 4:56 PM|
This has a lot of helpful tips!
|by Anonymous||reply 11||September 3, 2021 4:56 PM|
OP, please let us know how it goes, and if you need more help (research, etc. - phone numbers even) please let us know.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||September 3, 2021 4:56 PM|
Do you have any peanuts? I'd leave some, shelled and broken up, in the basket in which you leave with the baby, if you go in that direction. They can smell them well, I think.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||September 3, 2021 4:58 PM|
Depending on the age of the squirrel, they can aspirate if you attempt to feed them. Like the rescue said, just put it in a box or basket. Keep an eye on it, and if the mother does not take it back, then take it to a rescue.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||September 3, 2021 4:58 PM|
What metro area are you in, OP? We can find rescues, in case the mother doesn't collect the baby.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||September 3, 2021 5:00 PM|
*We can find more rescues to contact
|by Anonymous||reply 16||September 3, 2021 5:02 PM|
No need to worry about "leaving your scent" on a baby animal. The mothers don't care.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||September 3, 2021 5:02 PM|
R17, I think that pertains to birds, as the article you linked to specifically mentions not worrying about leaving one's scent on birds, but doesn't mention any other animal in relation to the precaution.
OP, please do try to use gloves (and a mask even). Again, if you need help, let us know.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||September 3, 2021 5:07 PM|
Move it to the sidewalk carefully and stomp on its little head.
Squirrels are a nuisance in most areas.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||September 3, 2021 5:14 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 20||September 3, 2021 5:15 PM|
You're probably right, R18.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||September 3, 2021 5:15 PM|
ACTUALLY, it is best to let nature follow its course. Don't insert your baby-animal fetish into simple matters of everyday population balances, which you're lazy and insincere about anyway. OP had to plop a thread here instead of bothering to Google info or a local source of rescue care.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||September 3, 2021 5:18 PM|
R19 = R22. Just blocked him and realized.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||September 3, 2021 5:20 PM|
Is it a rescue squirrel?
|by Anonymous||reply 24||September 3, 2021 5:21 PM|
Good job OP you have single-handedly MURDERED a baby squirrel.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||September 3, 2021 5:23 PM|
My cat would like to know where said baby squirrel is, just to help protect the wee baby of course.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||September 3, 2021 5:25 PM|
R13, I'd suggest poached cod with prunes and tomato sauce.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||September 3, 2021 5:28 PM|
This happened to me once. I left it in the yard for a few hours. The mother never came back. I gave it some water from a dropper, made a shoe box into a nest. I took it to a rescue site. They told me they euthanize them because they can't be returned to nature if they shelter them into adulthood.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||September 3, 2021 5:32 PM|
Many years ago, I had a squirrel nest in my garage. The mother carried her babies in her mouth, when I discovered it. I would think the mother would come and get it? I know fawns left alone is normal...the mom comes back later. It's best to contact wildlife services. They would know.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||September 3, 2021 5:34 PM|
I hope there are no dogs around or any other predators.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||September 3, 2021 5:36 PM|
Do you want a pet squirrel OP? It could be on your shoulder as a little "buddy"...
|by Anonymous||reply 31||September 3, 2021 5:37 PM|
I spoke with someone who told me that a mother squirrel will not come get her baby if it's cold because she will think it's dead. I was told to bring it inside for 2 hours because it's been on its own for at least 4 hours, keep it warm, don't try to feed it or give it water because it's too young, then put it back out for another 2 hours. This person is also making some calls for me. Thanks to all of you who care.
I took a photo...
|by Anonymous||reply 32||September 3, 2021 5:44 PM|
Awwww...that is a cute photo. Good luck, OP, and good luck, baby squirrel.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||September 3, 2021 5:49 PM|
Awwww R32, OP. What a cutie.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||September 3, 2021 5:54 PM|
OP you are a wonderful person for doing this. Hope the baby squirrel gets rescued.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||September 3, 2021 5:54 PM|
Why don't you just keep it as a pet, OP? It will probably have a nicer life as your pet than in the wild.
And from what R28 said, better than the rescue center.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||September 3, 2021 5:57 PM|
You can broil them with a little lemon juice.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||September 3, 2021 6:11 PM|
OP if the mom doesn’t come back you have to keep it. It can run around in the back yard under your supervision. Maybe give it some nut milk. Like almond milk or something. It’s got to be hungry. What do the babies eat?
|by Anonymous||reply 38||September 3, 2021 6:46 PM|
It also appears that baby squirrels can’t go to the bathroom unless you stimulate them to do so.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||September 3, 2021 6:51 PM|
This is how I found Joel. I kept and raised him alongside my adorable dog, Mitzi. Joel suckles from my teet.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||September 3, 2021 7:30 PM|
It may be cute now but eventually you may have to deal with it differently.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||September 3, 2021 7:42 PM|
Is there any type of wildlife refuge near your home, or a wild animal rehab center. They handle situations like this. The veterinary hospital where my partner works handled a situation a couple of months ago where two baby raccoons were sent to a center where they would mature to the point where they could be released to live on their own.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||September 3, 2021 8:08 PM|
You’re going to have to set up camp in your yard if you have to keep going in and out every two hours. You can’t leave him alone in the box without watching out for him. Without protection he’s literally being offered up to hawks, owls, foxes, cats and coyotes.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||September 3, 2021 8:24 PM|
Hang a bird feeder right above the baby squirrel, the mother will find it within five minutes.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||September 3, 2021 8:28 PM|
Have you checked the street for a dead squirrel? I found a baby squirrel sitting by its dead mama in the street. He didn’t move for like 15 minutes. I scooped him up and brought him to the wildlife rescue center that helped me when I had baby skunks abandoned in my basement window well. The key to these places are sometimes knowing where they are and just showing up with whoever needed to rescued. But it sounds like OP has found some resources willing to help.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||September 3, 2021 8:35 PM|
No one can take this squirrel. I am very upset right now.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||September 3, 2021 8:58 PM|
I think I found the solution.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||September 3, 2021 8:59 PM|
[quote]And maybe mash some of the fruit up, so the baby has an easier time eating it. A mushy peach mashed a bit?
Instead I'd recommend you mash the baby up so that the feral dogs have an easier time eating it.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||September 3, 2021 9:00 PM|
I've included a link to a page explaining how to take care of a baby squirrel. Don't expect miracles, but it can be done.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||September 3, 2021 9:06 PM|
R46 it’s up to you now. Try to get it to mama if u can. Set it upright close to where you found it. If the mama never comes hopefully you can save it. Please keep us updated.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||September 3, 2021 10:18 PM|
I finally was able to get him to someone who works for a vet and knows how to care for baby squirrels. In fact, she's looking after 3 others about his age. I named him Abbott because I wanted him to have a name, and told his new caretaker. I am so relieved. I will hopefully get updates every so often. Thanks again to everyone who offered helpful advice.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||September 3, 2021 10:37 PM|
Thanks for the update, OP. Good news indeed!
|by Anonymous||reply 52||September 3, 2021 10:39 PM|
OP, did you try to make him available for the mom to collect him? She might have been right there, looking for him… ?
|by Anonymous||reply 53||September 3, 2021 11:14 PM|
OP, I'm so happy you found someone to care for him. I would hate to be in your shoes, finding this sweet baby; the anxiety would be unbearable. Good for you finding a solution.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||September 4, 2021 12:52 AM|
When I was growing up in South back in 1960s we ate squirrel. Fried it like chicken and made white gravy. This one would have been a little lunch squirrel with gravy and a biscuit.
I don't get the lovey dovey squirrel attitude.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||September 4, 2021 1:47 AM|
OP, for you, a story of a successful squirrel rehab. My friend Brantley and Bella (and Cyd makes an appearance, he's one of my rescues straight to Brantley)
|by Anonymous||reply 56||September 4, 2021 2:27 AM|
OP, did you at least give the mom a chance to collect her baby after he’d warmed up a bit?
|by Anonymous||reply 57||September 4, 2021 2:29 AM|
I'm coming to take him into town to have him destroyed!
|by Anonymous||reply 58||September 4, 2021 2:52 AM|
Sadly, an update. While crossing the road...
|by Anonymous||reply 59||September 4, 2021 2:53 AM|
Good job, OP! I'm glad you found someone to care for the squirrel.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||September 4, 2021 2:08 PM|
Squirrels plant trees, we need more trees.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||September 4, 2021 2:14 PM|
It's apparent that many of you have never lived around squirrels. Especially if you have a house and yard.
Rats with fur. Devious. Destructive. Apparently constantly fucking because their population is insane.
And they may plant trees, but they eat and destroy everything else that you plant in your garden.
They're cute for awhile but the longer you live with them the more likely you are to...well, let's leave it at not think they're cute anymore.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||September 4, 2021 2:21 PM|
[quote] Squirrels plant trees, we need more trees.
I’ll plant my own tree thank you.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||September 4, 2021 4:31 PM|
R62, what are you, a subsistence farmer? Having a garden is nice because of all the life it brings forth —including the animals.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||September 4, 2021 4:45 PM|
As a backup plan, perhaps Greg has a squirrel recipe.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||September 4, 2021 5:11 PM|
I’m going coon huntin’, old woman!
|by Anonymous||reply 66||September 4, 2021 5:18 PM|
r62, perhaps this would be the most ideal location for you to live out your life.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||September 5, 2021 12:55 AM|
Yes, I did, r57. I would have liked to have given her more time, but I live in the backroads where there is no shortage of predators. I also was very concerned about being able to care for him, and for his well-being.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||September 5, 2021 12:59 AM|
I loved Miss Squirrel. She doesn't come around any longer.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||September 5, 2021 2:14 AM|
Down here in Louisiana they would have put him in the frying pan.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||September 5, 2021 2:31 AM|
Miss Squirrel making a mess on my desk...
|by Anonymous||reply 71||September 5, 2021 3:47 AM|
r69/71: She is adorable! How long was she around?
|by Anonymous||reply 72||September 5, 2021 2:36 PM|
Maybe 1-2 years, r72. The last time I saw her was about a year ago. She'd come to my window on one of these wires and when she left, she'd just leap to the roof next door, landing on this pipe. It made me nervous, but she always nailed her landing. She suddenly stopped coming around and all of the other squirrels I'd see on the rooftop disappeared as well. I wasn't seeing squirrels in the neighborhood either, so I don't know what was going on.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||September 5, 2021 8:41 PM|
Red squirrel? Very pretty.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||September 6, 2021 12:25 AM|
Red dragon. Correct.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||September 6, 2021 12:25 AM|
She was picky.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||September 6, 2021 6:48 PM|
I love those last 3 shots, r73.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||September 6, 2021 10:32 PM|
OP are you Giselle Bundchen? TMZ has a clip of her with a baby squirrel she saved over the weekend.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||September 6, 2021 11:46 PM|
Peanut the squirrel was rehabbed, but couldn’t return to the wild. He lives with his very hunky “squirrel dad” and seem to be going live on TikTok more than anyone else I follow.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||September 7, 2021 5:25 PM|
I like a Chock Full o'Nuts guy, r79!
|by Anonymous||reply 80||September 7, 2021 5:29 PM|
Here’s Peanut the Squirrel and his hunky dad’s IG, this guy has to be gay, it’s all worked out bid, squirrel and cat.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||September 7, 2021 5:44 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 82||September 7, 2021 5:45 PM|
More of Miss Squirrel...
|by Anonymous||reply 83||September 14, 2021 5:13 PM|
Laughin' and a-runnin', hey hey
Skippin' and a-jumpin'
In the misty mornin' fog
With our, our hearts a-thumpin'
my brown eyed squirrel 🐿.
Do you remember when we used to sing?
|by Anonymous||reply 84||September 14, 2021 5:41 PM|
It was a bit heart breaking, a kind souled man on TikTok witnessed a baby rabbit hit a car that didn’t even stop to see what it was or the condition of what he hit. He took the rabbit to the vet and was caring for it and brought it home. Unfortunately a day or two later it died and he buried it in the backyard. That and the death of the beautiful five legged puppy last week had me totally wrecked on top of all the 9/11 stuff.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||September 14, 2021 5:50 PM|