A beautiful although terribly depressed Eastern Gray Squirrel inspired me to write about him and his fellow buddies. I named him Little Jake, but Little Big Jake is more like him.
Jake was seen in someone’s yard just curled up in a ball on the ground.
First of all, anytime you see this same situation, just know that there is something wrong and seek help immediately.
Who do you call? Contact your local Veterinarian, police station, your local Conservation Officer and/or your state Department of Natural Resources. Every state’s D.N.R. can be found online, and/or by calling information for the phone numbers.
Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators are listed with every D.N.R. You can also “Google” your search by adding words like the state you live in, and Wildlife Rehabilitators. That should work well for you. Our Nonprofit for Wildlife has received many calls from the public who stated they just Goggled they’re search! You will be given information on how to prepare a heat source for the wildlife until help arrives.
Secondly, in some emergency situations you may need to provide heat source. Most all “adult” wildlife does not require a heat source. Although they will need containment and protection from neighborhood pets until help arrives. A container like a box or a plastic container with a lid that has breathing holes on top with a several cloths inside so that he/she has stability some warmth and protection from prying eyes.
All infants do require heat source in order to live. Once their bodies are cold, the organs shut down. Here are a few suggestions for you to keep in mind.
Lastly in this order, place a cloth on the bottom of the container so it has stability, then a cloth on the heat source and finally include a cloth on top of the little critter for concealment and for him/her to feel safe.
1. Use a heat pad set on the low settings, place a towel over that and place your container on top of the towel until help arrives.
2. Or take a plastic soda bottle and fill with very warm water.
3. As well, you can fill a plastic Zip Lock baggie with very warm water.
Jake was fully furred, eyes open, became an orphan and apparently lost his siblings too. That is enough to seriously depress anyone! Squirrels, all wildlife has feelings just as we do. The residents who brought him in had noticed he was just lying there all curled up for a few days! Luckily he was still alive.
When I held him up to take a closer look, his legs just hung down and his eyes closed. My heart hurt for the precious little squirrel. And with no apparent injuries I knew how depressed he was and began my rehabilitation with him. He hid inside his cage for a few days and very slowly began to “show” himself. Today he has been accepted with another small family of squirrels that I’m working with too. He plays and eats so much food and is really growing up well and happy. It just goes to show what love and compassion can turn around.