Written by Sparrow Marcioni of Georgia (USA)
I live in a very wooded area on a dirt road with many Georgia pines and brush, but I also care for a feral cat colony of 11 on the property. The cats are all properly spayed and neutered, but they do pose a threat to smaller animals nearby.
Upon arriving home a few weeks ago, I heard a high-pitched whistle-like scream coming from above my head. As I looked around in the trees, I saw a little baby squirrel hanging by his two front paws about forty feet up a pine tree. He was so upset that his sibling who was still in the nearby nest was screaming also. Several of my cats were beginning to assess the situtation and I knew I had to act fast.
Seconds Later, He Began Falling
I took off my coat and draped it over my arms sort of like a landing pad for the little guy. About three seconds after that, he lost his grip and began falling. I caught him in my coat and picked him up gently and warmed him in my hands.
Within a few minutes of being warmed up, he fell asleep. I suppose he was just exhausted. I watched for mom to return to the nest but there was really no way for me or her to return this baby to the nest as high as it was and Georgia Pines have very few branches.
I kept the little guy warm and started the search for a wildlife rehabilitator who works with baby squirrels. Fortunately, I found one and was able to take the baby to her within the next few hours. He will be bottle-fed for a bit and when he is ready, he will be released to the wild as he should be. And Mom did eventually return to the nest to care for the remaining sibling. This was a most rewarding experience!
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