Wildlife rehabilitation are the shelters to the
wild life animals when they are orphaned,
bruised or woozy and then liberate them back to
their natural setting , where they can breed ,
and seek health. Squirrels are the small
animals, with delicate bodies, furry tails, and
large eyes. Customarily, the fur is so spongy
and heavy, comparative to other animals. These
are habitant of roughly every habitat, from
forest to desserts, they do avert polar region
and torrid desserts. Squirrels are fruitarian.
They love nuts and seeds. But many of them eat
worms and small creatures. With their large
eyes, theirs sensitivity of vision is so sharp.
Squirrels breed once in a year giving birth to
the numbers of babies and female looks after the
babies. They are taken to the rehabs when they
are somehow, separated from their mothers. The
squirrels usually fall out of their nest, mother
tries not to abandon their baby, and it will try
to fetch the baby again to the nest.
Rehabilitators makes sure that the squirrels are
orphaned or injured, and are alone in the place.
They use utmost prudence while handling injured
baby. The babies or even adult squirrel can be
combative, so they prefer wearing gloves while
handling them. They use a well airy card-board
box with a bottom, cover with a towel. They keep
the box in a dark and quite place until they
reach the rehabilitation center.
Rehabilitators never leaves the baby outside,
they are immediately bought to the rehab when
they are found lone. Rehabilitators rapidly
removes any parasites found on the babies. E.g.
ants, maggots or fleas. Then, the babies are
made warm, and inquire whether the babies are
dehydrated or not. Because by trailing fluids
from system can cause death. A single baby will
automatically bond to the rehabilitator as they
get attached, thinking rehabilitators of its
mother. A baby behavior depends on the security
given by the rehabilitator. They give love, take
care and cuddle with the squirrel’s babies. They
give different toys to them in their cage to
make them busy, so that they don’t miss their
mothers. To feed the baby squirrels the
rehabilitators use syringes, starting with the
1cc or 3cc oral feeding syringes.
Rehabilitators make a count of the weights of
these babies, to regulate their feeds. So that
they know much feed they need. They use
different weighing devices for this purpose. As
the careful measurement of feed is required for
raising a squirrel baby. If a baby is having
less appetite, or, need more feed than its
weight, baby is taken to the professional
veterinarian for complete diagnosis. A recorded
data about the weight of baby help a lot in
raising up a healthy squirrel baby. The babies
are liberated only when they are much healthier.
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