The calls are starting to come in for squirrels in need. If you should find a squirrel in need contact us or your local wildlife rehabilitator immediately!!!!
P...lease do not google on how to care for a squirrel. Most information you get can do more harm then help.
1. We never force a new intake to eat or drink immediately. The animals temperature is most likely cold and they could be in shock, and those issues need to resolved first.
2. Squirrels have a tendency to aspirate very easily and they also can get metabolic bone disease, both from poor diets or incorrect care. Both can be deadly.
3. Just because a squirrel has fur and eyes open doesn't mean it's old enough to eat nuts or any solid food. Please do not give them food. Some are just learning to nibble solid food and can get the nut lodged in their mouth or throat.
We get squirrels in frequently where people try to care for them on their own and finally decide to call us when they realize something is wrong. We get squirrels in with pneumonia from aspirating, some come in emaciated or dehydrated from incorrect feedings, and lots come in with intestinal issues from incorrect food/formula. We even have them come in with the combination of these issues.
It makes what we do harder and in a lot of cases the animal does not survive.
So please call a licensed rehabber immediately!!! Do not get frustrated if you call around and get answering machines. You have to remember rehabber's have daily jobs as well or they could be tending to other rescue animals. So leave a message telling them about the species in need and they will call you back.
Here is a website to find a Virginia local rehabber near you:
Amazing work wildlife rehabilitation volunteers accomplish without funding.
With the arrival of 4 more orphaned baby otters this week, we're now overwhelmed with 7 babies! Tanya doesn’t mind losing sleep to help these sweet babies, but ...over the course of their stay, the food and supplies cost will be about $2500 per baby. That's a hefty bill for a little homecare rehab! If you can help, please do! Here’s the link to donate: http://www.arcforwildlife.com/donate.htm THANK YOU!
Five-week-old opossum (Didelphis virginiana) babies in their mother's pouch. Once born, opossum offspring must find their way into the marsupium to hold onto an...d nurse from a teat. Female opossums often give birth to very large numbers of young, most of which fail to attach to a teat, although as many as thirteen young can attach. The young are weaned between 70 and 125 days, when they detach from the teat and leave the pouch. A mother will carry her young upon her back, where they will cling tightly even when she is climbing or running. The opossum lifespan is unusually short for a mammal of its size, usually only two to four years. Senescence is rapid.
Mother raccoons are amazing moms. They try to keep their babies all together. When they forget one, rehabbers are blessed with raising a smart and naughty mammal. Not for everyone, the cost is prohibitive for most. Love this video, thank you for sharing Maggie Chandler.
Video of an Opossum using its prehensile tail to help carry leaves to its den. The opossum collects leaves with its mouth then transfers them from his mouth to ...his front feet to his back feet and then onto his tail. This way they are able to carry a large bundle of leaves to the den in one trip. This video was taken right before the cold snap a few weeks ago. December 2016. Monroe Co. Ohio.