You Found a Baby Squirrel - What to Do

You found a baby squirrel? Please read this.

Posted September 15, 2017

This is baby squirrel season. Every afternoon storm blows baby squirrels from their nests. If a strong storm impacts our area, hundreds of people will find baby squirrels on the ground.

Please do not take them to St. Francis Wildlife immediately. Just because they fell from their nest doesn't mean they are orphaned. Mom is out there.

If the squirrel is injured, covered with ants or other insects, or was caught by a cat or dog, please following directions in items 1 and 2 (below), and then bring it to us asap.

If the baby squirrel is unharmed, please do the following:

How to Reunite a Baby Squirrel With Its Mother:

1) Bring them inside and put them in a cardboard box lined with a t-shirt (toenails would get caught in towel loops). Cut air holes in the lid.

2) If babies are wet, dry them with a towel. Keep them warm using a heating pad set on low (beneath the box) or a heating lamp. They should feel warm when you touch them, not hot or cold. Warmth is more important than food. Do not feed.

3) Wait until the weather improves. Warm a bag of rice or a water bottle in the microwave, and then place it in the box. Place the box at the base of a tree near where you found them.

4) Keep pets, kids and all people away from them so mom feels comfortable approaching. She wants to pick them up and take them to a nest (she has a few). It may take all day.

5) If it is getting dark and mom has not returned, bring them inside and call us at (850) 627-4151.

This video, filmed by our friends at the South Florida Wildlife Center in Ft. Lauderdale, shows a mother squirrel picking up her baby and carrying it back up the tree! http://www.southfloridawildlifecenter.org/if-you-care-leave-it-there