Help for Baby Squirrels

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Baby gray squirrel

We have three types of squirrels in our area: Gray Squirrels, Fox Squirrels, and the nocturnal Southern Flying Squirrels. If you find an infant squirrel that has fallen from its nest and is not injured:

  • Watch and see if the mother comes, remaining indoors where your presence will not frighten her. Remember that mother squirrels do not voluntarily abandon their babies. It is fine if the baby vocalizes and cries out; this will help the mother locate it.
  • If the mother doesn’t return for her baby within 2 hours, or before it gets dark, place it in a box lined with soft rags and keep it in a warm, dark, quiet place. If you have a heating pad, turn it on LOW and place HALF the box on top of it.
  • Only if you must keep the orphan overnight should you attempt to give it anything by mouth. Keeping it warm is the most important thing
  • DO NOT GIVE IT ANY TYPE OF FORMULA OR MILK. Baby squirrels require a specialized diet and can develop fatal problems from being fed an incorrect formula
  • If necessary, you may make a rehydrating solution of 50%Pedialyte OR Gatorade and 50% water. Once the baby has warmed up, you may carefully try to give it drops of this warmed solution with a syringe.
  • DO NOT FORCE IT IF THE BABY WON’T SWALLOW. This can cause it to aspirate.
  • If the baby squirrel still has its eyes closed, it will need to be stimulated to urinate and defecate. After hydration, gently wipe its genital area with a cotton ball, slightly moistened with warm water