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Old 10-16-2023, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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I saw on facebook recently that is a baby squirrel comes up to you, climbs you, they are lost from their nest and will go for anything that moves for sanctuary. Just wrap them up in a clean piece of cloth and take them to a rehabitation facility/service.

NOT A PROBLEM! I'M BANDANA ACCESSORY GIRL! Day do day, I am wearing at least 2, so I have such cloth on me.

BUT........since I do wear them, would my scent on them be a problem?
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Old 10-16-2023, 09:24 AM
 
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Well...if it WAS going to be a problem, it would be a problem for the parents...but you're talking about taking the baby to a rehab facility, so the mother isn't going to be around anyway. I think your bandana would work fine.
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Old 10-16-2023, 06:15 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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to the above.

IME Farcebook is hardly an authority on everything. If a juvenile animal like a squirrel came up to me the first thing I'd do is check for other squirrel activity before touching it unless it is in imminent danger from a predator or hazard (being attacked by something, drowning in a pond, etc.). The parents may be close by and monitoring what their errant baby is doing. They may be able to steer it back toward the nest and continue to raise it. If I interfere, it's chances of survival drop significantly. Even if an experienced rehabber releases it later.
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Old 10-18-2023, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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I leave nature to nature. Hawks and 'yotes have to eat.
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Old 10-18-2023, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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"If I interfere, it's chances of survival drop significantly." The baby squirrel we rehabbed, who did come up to us looking for help, did just fine for 3 years, until our pinhead neighbor shot him with his pellet gun. It was heartbreaking to see him show up after being absent for 3 days, with a wound beyond repair, take one last pecan and disappear up the backyard oak tree.
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Old 10-18-2023, 09:11 AM
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Location: Coastal Georgia
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I don’t remember the circumstances….I think our dog caught a baby squirrel. We nursed him along with kitten formula for a week or two, then turned him over to a wildlife rescue.

If you bring a critter into your house like that, be sure you comb it for fleas, because it will most likely have them.
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Old 10-18-2023, 10:09 AM
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Location: Middle Tennessee
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Several years ago in Florida, the morning after a thundershower the previous night, I noticed a big clump of leaves by the driveway. After work when I went out to get the mail I Looked closer at it and it was a squirrel nest and inside was one baby squirrel so young that it's eyes were still closed. The day had been wet and cool and I was rather surprised that it had survived the whole day. I took it inside and put it on a towel with a small bottle of hot water wrapped in a cloth for warmth. Got some Pedialyte and fed it every four hours; then helped it urinate.

Next morning I call a wildlife rehab and they said that they were full and to try something first and if it didn't work they would try to find a spot for it. Next to the huge oak tree in the yard was a small dogwood. I put the towel in a crotch and gently pulled on a hind leg until it squealed, then walked away. After doing it twice I was about to give up but the third time here comes a squirrel down the oak tree and over to the dogwood and up to the baby. She picked it up and took it back up the oak tree. So I guess it ended about as good as could be expected.
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Old 10-18-2023, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Great info! Thank you!

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Several years ago in Florida, the morning after a thundershower the previous night, I noticed a big clump of leaves by the driveway. After work when I went out to get the mail I Looked closer at it and it was a squirrel nest and inside was one baby squirrel so young that it's eyes were still closed. The day had been wet and cool and I was rather surprised that it had survived the whole day. I took it inside and put it on a towel with a small bottle of hot water wrapped in a cloth for warmth. Got some Pedialyte and fed it every four hours; then helped it urinate.

Next morning I call a wildlife rehab and they said that they were full and to try something first and if it didn't work they would try to find a spot for it. Next to the huge oak tree in the yard was a small dogwood. I put the towel in a crotch and gently pulled on a hind leg until it squealed, then walked away. After doing it twice I was about to give up but the third time here comes a squirrel down the oak tree and over to the dogwood and up to the baby. She picked it up and took it back up the oak tree. So I guess it ended about as good as could be expected.
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Old 10-18-2023, 12:38 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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BUT........since I do wear them, would my scent on them be a problem?
If this is anywhere near any sort of residential area, squirrels have no fear of humans so person scent on the baby isn't going to bother them any more than human scent on the peanuts hey steal out of the bird feeder.

If a baby squirrel is big enough and strong enough to walk up to you and climb up your leg, it does not need rescuing.
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Old 10-18-2023, 12:44 PM
 
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This is the only right answer. Not sure you need to make it squeal, they were watching you the whole time.



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. Next to the huge oak tree in the yard was a small dogwood. I put the towel in a crotch
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