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COMMON SQUIRREL QUESTIONS

Some frequently asked squirrel question are answered here.
But do ring Natalia on 07415983900 if you are still stuck.

I HAVE FOUND A BABY SQUIRREL, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

1 - Try to reunite with mother. Squirrels usually have a second home to go to, so leave the baby as close to the original nest site as possible, either in the original nesting material or a box with some blankets and a hot water bottle, and stand back for 20-30 minutes. If all is quiet, the Mum might come back for the babies. If she does not come back within that time, she is unlikely to come back at all, and it is a rescue situation.

2 - Keep the babies warm, in a box with some fleecy blankets, or similar, and an hot water bottle. It can even be an improvised hot water bottle, e.g. a plastic bottle with very warm (but not too hot) water.

3 - Look for a rescue placement, either by looking up a rescue near you on the Help Wildlife UK directory or by doing a search on social media.

4 - Do not attempt to feed the baby any formula - it is easy for the liquid to go into the lungs and cause pneumonia or death. Depending on the age of the baby, it may be possible to offer some fruit or a few drops of water, but please ask for advice from a rescuer first.

I HAVE FOUND AN INJURED ADULT, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

By far the best option is to find a rescue placement, either by looking up a rescue near you on the Help Wildlife UK directory or by doing a search on social media. If a rescue centre instructs you to bring the squirrel to them, the best way to safely pick him up is by placing a cardboard box over him and sliding a piece of cardboard underneath, as it you were evicting a spider. (Even a very badly injured squirrel can turn around and bite you, they do not know you are trying to help!)

If no rescue placement can be found, a vet is the only option. Vets have duty of care towards wildlife, they will take the squirrel from you and not charge you. But most of them would then euthanise. It must be noted, however, that squirrels, as prey species, run away with the last ounce of their strength, so if you are able to pick up an injured squirrels, it means that, unfortunately, the injuries are very bad. It may be that even a rescue centre or a squirrel-friendly vet would also only be able to euthanise, on medical grounds. 

Squirrels clipped by a car can sometimes be stunned for a few hours, and then make a complete recovery. But this is very rare.

A SQUIRREL GOT INTO MY HOUSE, WHAT CAN I DO?

Panicking and chasing the squirrel around is tempting, but rarely helpful. It is best to open the window or door by which the squirrel got in, and leave the room for a couple of hours. In the case of a window, a blanket draped over the windowsill as an impromptu ladder might help.

If the squirrel does not leave, it may be that it is a baby. Older babies look like adults, but would not have the sense to get out by themselves. Help from a rescue centre may then be necessary. Look up a rescue near you on the Help Wildlife UK directory or do a search on social media.

I HAVE SQUIRRELS IN MY LOFT, WHAT CAN I DO?

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