August 16, 2016 at 7:15 pm #854672
Found a baby squirrel out in the middle of the street about 3 hours ago. It was being attacked by a crow and screaming to no end. It couldn’t walk or jump well enough to even remotely get away from the crow. I know well enough not to mess with wildlife, but I think this one would have been dead shortly, so the wee one rapidly was put in a box in the shade outside my front door to rest. My vet’s office said to put it in a shady, protected area in the bushes after the crow(s) are gone (they keep coming back). I followed instructions on PAWS’ website to make a nest-box up and put in a tree if possible per this link, https://www.paws.org/assets/Uploads/documents/found-wild-baby-mammal.pdf
Just got a call back from PAWS and they are at full capacity. They suggested that Sarvey Wildlife Center in Arlington, (http://www.sarveywildlife.org/) may be able to help but I don’t have the ability to do this during the week due to work. Anyone on WSB involved with Sarvey? I think I remember from earlier days that a couple of folks out there might be.
I’ve made a little box for the wee one per the PAWS website, but I’m still worried. I don’t see any injuries on the little one, but I haven’t handled it at all to see much of it’s underbelly, other than to observe when it changes position while sleeping. Which it does often… and I’m hoping that is a good sign. It’s body is maybe 4 inches long and eyes may be on the cusp of opening (can’t tell for sure), but this really is a very young little creature. I’ve never seen a squirrel even remotely this young before, so I think it’s well too young to be on it’s own at all. The gal I spoke with from PAWS said he/she sounds too young to survive without a parent.
There have been absolutely no squirrels in the area at all since I found the little bugger and I’ve been checking regularly. No squirrel sounds either.
I know….it’s a squirrel….urban wildlife, etc. However, when you see a tiny little baby that is so tiny that it would likely fit in the palm of your hands screaming and a crow pecking at it – well…maybe I should have let nature take its course, but I couldn’t.
Anyone have any miracle-answers? Or able to help?August 16, 2016 at 8:10 pm #854678
You might want to try Pamela Brummel – she actually is involved with feral cat rescue and has her own cleaning business (excellent by the way), but is a great resource and may be able to help you. Her contact info is: 206-972-3557
Another thought, contact one of the cat rescues, they may have some idea of nursing really wee-ones. My thought is feline kitten liquid formula from a dropper. Good luck!August 16, 2016 at 9:22 pm #854684
Yes, talked to Pamela tonight. Finally brought the baby inside per PAWS’ guidance for the nest overnight versus inside the house. The little guy seems okay (he rolled over enough that I’m pretty sure he’s a squirrel-male), but I know that may last shortly if he survives the night.
It’s heart breaking. Such a tiny little critter….
Trust me, he didn’t go to the nest-box tonight per PAWS’s recommendation to not do so with current weather. He’s safe for now and and has a rescue-lab guarding him to no end.August 16, 2016 at 9:47 pm #854688August 16, 2016 at 10:08 pm #854689
Oh Good! Glad it’s worked out so far. If you need help, email me montanapup at gee mail dot com and I can try to help – I’m a sucker for all critters, even hungry baby and adult crows (@JKB).August 16, 2016 at 10:15 pm #854691August 17, 2016 at 6:35 am #854699
Thank you so much! Let me know when you are up and about – I’ll call you.August 17, 2016 at 2:01 pm #854742
mehud7ParticipantAugust 17, 2016 at 2:55 pm #854748
Bless mehud7’s kind heart for taking the little guy to South Sound Critter Care. Many thanks mehud7 – I truly appreciate your help!August 17, 2016 at 4:28 pm #854753August 17, 2016 at 9:11 pm #854787
I’m glad this ended well too! Your description of the sweetly sleeping little squirrel reminded me of something I learned recently, namely that squirrels used to actually be quite popular pets in America, particularly around the colonial era. People would raise and tame little ‘uns like the one you found and, not that I’m advocating such a thing now, but they were supposedly quite funny, wonderful little pets. I think I remember reading something about one taking a bullet meant for a revolutionary war era soldier, as he was asleep in the guy’s pocket when he was shot.
Here’s a link to a blog post about colonial squirrel pets with some rather adorable portraits of people and their beloved pet squirrels: https://outofthiscentury.wordpress.com/2010/02/03/wild-colonial-american-pets/August 22, 2016 at 8:13 pm #855281
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