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Tracey - 2012-09-04
This is a great website. I have enjoyed reading everyone's comments about their pet squirrel or nursing a baby squirrel to life. We found our squirrel, Lucky, last Thursday. We were in a parking lot and as I was stepping down from the curb I noticed this tiny little guy. It's super hot out and I was surprised he was alive and hadn't been cooked on the asphalt. We waited around for the mother, but she did not come. And I felt too bad leaving him there when someone could run him over or step on him. We have since taken him home and fed him 3.25% milk mixed with water. So far he's going to the bathroom and eating out of the eye dropper. We keep him in a box with pillow cases and toilet paper is bedding. I read that his nails would get stuck in a towel if we used that. He is so young his eyes are shut and there is no fur on him. I estimate he's maybe 10 days. He is getting more active and now hangs on to your finger when you are feeding him. I am glad we found him, or he would be dead, fingers crossed that he makes it.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-04
    Good for you - enjoy
  • Becky - 2013-04-02
    I just read your post and even though it's been over 7 months ago, I wonder if you still have 'Lucky'? I've been raising a squirrel for the last month and it's been a joy and wondered how it's going:)
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Anonymous - 2013-03-26
I have 2 baby grey squirrels 9 weeks old i have had for the past 7 weeks i noticed when their thicker fur started growing in the male 'which is a sloppy eater' had matting under his chin neck and front legs i bathed them it helped at first now the poor guy looks like he has dread locks and is losing patches of fur. Anyone have any suggestions on what to do or if their formula is causing it or if it is mange the female isn't as sloppy but is matting some

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  • danmoore - 2013-03-27
    You need to put him on Fox Valley formula immediately! Please go to thesquirrelboard.com, there are many highly experienced rehabbers there who can help you.
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curt mahood - 2013-03-26
I have 2 baby grey squirrels 9 weeks old i have had for the past 7 weeks i noticed when their thicker fur started growing in the male 'which is a sloppy eater' had matting under his chin neck and front legs i bathed them it helped at first now the poor guy looks like he has dread locks and is losing patches of fur. Anyone have any suggestions on what to do or if their formula is causing it or if it is mange the female isn't as sloppy but is matting some

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-26
    It could be the 'sloppy' eating which is causing the matting, but yeah, it could also be other things like the environment or the food. You could try visiting the Squirrel Board as it is a good forum where you may be able to help with your specific questions. Good luck!
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Linda - 2013-03-16
Sorry changing the subject....i have a flyer his name is Parker. Have had him since Dec 2012, was about 5 wks old eyes still shut. Came to my lake camp had him in his cage, went outside for just abit he was in my shirt, usually he stays right with me but he jumoed off and was gone! It was around 8:30 at night, i sat outside in my lawn chair, i could hear him squeek so i would call his name. Around 1:00am yes still sitting outside with aheavy heart, i was looking in the trees, I saw him glide throughthe trees...Just Beautiful!!!!! So i said alittle prayer if this is where he is suppose to be at least he is happy. Still outside 3:00am saw him again gliding from tree to tree. Finally at 4:30 I dozed off in my chair, then I heard him behind me in one of the pine trees..I walked over extended my arm said I was sleepy lets go to bed..........he came down from the tree about 20 ft jumped on my hand an ran down my shirt snuggled next to my side went to sleep!!!! I was so amazed!!!!! Just wanted to share my adventure with Parker the flying squirrel!

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Kathy Anderson - 2013-01-30
I have a pet squirrelSammy, that I have had since he was 5 weeks old. My cat brought him and laid him down at my husbands feet. His eyes were not open yet and we weren't really sure if he was even a squirrel. But anyway he has been happy and healthy for 9 years now until this morning he woke up acting strange. Not wanting to play or eat. I noticed that he had not peed in his usual pee spot in his cage. As of now he still hasn't peed. So I belive he is stopped up and I don't know what to do for him. Could someone please let me know, I am really worried about my little guy. Thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-31
    So sorry to hear about Sammy. At first I thought, maybe its age, but as they can live over 20 years in captivity, that's not it. You may want to take it to a vet that specializes in rodents. But I also found this site WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc., that has some information about the digestive aspects of  squirrels. They also have several resources and some contact information. Starting there, you may be able to get some good suggestions.
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Roxie - 2012-11-04
please say a prayer our 3 month old Roxie that the neighabors pit bull brought to us at 4 weeks old. I took her out side today an she played on the porch then we stepped in the yard. Roxie jumped on the ground then back on me several times. then in a blink of the eye she bolted off of me an ran up a big oak tree an is still up their. please pray she will come down, its going to be 37 tonight an she is not use to being out side in the cold. my heart is broken. pray GOD will protect her an keep her safe till she comes home. thank you al for your prayers for Roxie an us. GOD bless those that serve my LORD. peace/ Sandi/ Roxie

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  • Cheryl - 2012-11-30
    I really hope Roxie came home safe... We've been there;). My husband had to climb the tree and get her at around that age When he was trying to hand her to me  I couldn't help him. I was froze. Fro. Watching the blood run down his face:)... She accidentally scratched him as she jumped onto his shoulder.We recently did a slow release..she was 13 months old...she has built her. Nest across from our fence... She came back and forth for 2 1/2 months now she's out on her own ... We worry everynite.  I feel your pain anyway Hope she's ok:) I pray :)
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Anonymous - 2013-01-25
I love squirrels.

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Mindy Leane Godwin - 2013-01-06
Hi everyone..I need help trying to figure out what may be ailing my pet squirrel ( squiggles). I will start with a little about his back ground..My husband rescued him from a hawks mouth when he was about 5 days old, the hawk damaged his back right leg so he will not be a candidate for release. When he was around 3 weeks old he got MBS , once we figured out what it was & changed his diet he got better , then started loosing his hair around his backside & had a sore ..we treated him for mange with neem oil which has seemed to cure it. He is now 6 months old & all of a sudden he has started acting strange..He is laying on his babydoll in the bottom of his cage & wont eat. He is drinking excessively but will not eat. Do any of you have any idea what could be causing this? Also he had something that resembled oatmeal on the side of his mouth...Is this vomit? Please help.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-07
    That doesn't sound too good. My first thought would be to check the area to see if there are any exotic pet or wildlife veterinarians. You could also try and contact a local zoo and see what they recommend.
  • Chris - 2013-01-07
    Mindy hi my name is chris and I hate to hear that your squirrel is sick. I would first treat for worms that could be the problem. I'm just wondering what you are feeding him. One thing you can't give them is the food that you eat. No snap peas. Cauliflower, broccoli, and hazel nuts are good for them and fruit. But if you would ask me I would get him to a vet as soon as possible. So please keep me informed because I love my squirrel sammy he is the best pet I ever had. So good luck. And I hope that this was helpful.
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Sandra Stephenson - 2012-05-20
I have a flying squirrel i think she is a little over a year old my daughter brought her home when she was just maybe 2 weeks old and she is doing great but i am concerned about her front teethe growing to long . Can they be trimmed or what do i do ? Also how long do they live in captivity ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-20
    In the wild it is said to be about 6 years and I would think it would be at least that in captivity. For the teeth - you can get a hard chew toy--- lava rock bird toy, dog bone, soup bone (boil it) usually knuckle bones at grocery store. Something hard for it to chew on and it will wear her teeth down. Vet can also probably sand them down but i don't think she will like it.
  • Rick - 2012-09-01
    My wife not only make sure our squirrel has shelled nuts to gnaw on like hazel nuts, brazil nuts, almonds and pecans, we also purchased flavored wood chews in the hamster section at the pet store. She seems to enjoy them and her teeth are doing well.
  • Kisha - 2012-12-04
    I have heard a calcium block is used for ones kept in captivity, as pets to wear down the teeth.
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Janine - 2012-11-23
Hi there! I have a pet squirrel named Chewey. I rescued him from the street when he was about 5 weeks old. He is now about three months happy and very active! the problem that I have know is that my daughter noticed he was eating his thumbs... At the beginning I thought it was only the nails but tonight we saw that he was bleding and has no thumbs. Does anyone knows something about this behavior? what could be causing it? please help, I was considering moving his nest to the tree at the back but I'm not so sure now.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-24
    I would take the little guy to the vet. 
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