Thursday, September 2, 2010


With the approach of Hurricane Earl, we are preparing for a possible influx of many, many baby squirrels. Very young babies, called "pinkies" are especially vulnerable.
What to do if you find a baby squirrel?
1. Keep the baby warm. Put it in a box or other small container with ventilation, in a quiet place, away from children and pets. Put a heating pad under the box and maintain a constant warm temperature.
2. Do NOT feed the baby!! This is very important. Many well intentioned humans feed baby animals milk or infant formula. Resist the urge, as this will kill the baby.
3. Find a licensed wildlife rehabilitator here AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! If you cannot locate one in your area, take the baby to your local Humane Society, SPCA, or a veterinarian. None of these organizations will pick up the baby; you must be willing to transport it yourself.
In Virginia and most other states, it is illegal to hold wildlife. Again, DO NOT TRY TO SAVE THE BABY YOURSELF. Get it the proper care it deserves. Please.

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