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Wild Babies

Baby Tree Squirrels

Safe Handling

Rodents have extremly sharp teeth and strong jaws, even at a young age. Always wear gloves and use a blanket or flat woven towel if necessary to handle.


If a baby squirrel has a fluffy tail and can run, jump and climb, it should not require assistance. This is a normal stage of development when they are starting to explore their independence away from the nest. It is important to leave them be unless they are injured or have been grabbed by a cat or dog.

If you find an infant squirrel(s), with closed eyes or a smooth tail, displaced from their nest, give the mother time to retrieve them. Make sure they are warm and dry, then place them in an open box or container with a source of warmth and a soft cloth (flat weave towel or fleece blanket) in a safe spot near the nest or where you found them, (make sure you have prior permission from the property owner).

As long as mom can find them and feels safe, she will likely return to collect her babies. Make sure you give her space and keep an eye on the container from a distance, ideally inside hidden from view. You can play the sound of this video to help attract her attention so she can find the baby(ies). Nursing females nearby may adopt orphans if they hear their cries. 

Keep pets and disturbances away, and give her the daylight hours to collect her young; if she hasn’t come by nightfall the baby(ies) will need to be kept safe for the night. Follow our Wildlife Capture Guide for details and contact us for next steps.

What you are witnessing may be perfectly normal behaviour. Look For:

  • Weakness or unconsciousness
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Discharge from the ears, eyes or nose
  • Large patches of missing/damaged feathers, fur or shell
  • Foreign objects stuck to or wrapped around the body
  • A deceased parent or siblings nearby
  • Bleeding
  • Open wounds
  • Fly eggs or maggots
  • Cat attack - even without visible or obvious wounds
  • Broken, injured or missing limbs – hindered movement
  • Non-stop shivering or crying

If you see any of these signs, the animal needs immediate help

As a volunteer powered charitable organization, we do not have the means or resources for pick ups or field rescues. We must rely on finders bringing animals in need of care to our facility.

Please do not bring animals to the centre without first confirming an intake time with a wildlife volunteer.
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