rennes

9.01.2010

When I was little my parents weren't worried about me doing drugs, drinking, or any partying. Instead, they concentrated their energy worrying about me getting bit by wild animals that I walked up to and tried to feed or interact with.

So, this morning as Jesse was leaving for work and getting his bike out, we noticed a little baby squirrel hobbling right by our back porch steps! After some reading I think he's about 4-5 weeks old (as he has most of his fur) but his eyes haven't opened yet. After a little research - it seemed the best thing to do was leave him alone and see if his mom came back for him. Sadly ten hours later this is not the case and we have made him a little shoe box bed with some fabric and tried to feed him pedialite for rehydration through a syringe but he's not too keen on that, but we are going to keep trying. Unfortunately we don't live close enough to a rehabilitation center for mammalian wildlife and our non-car situation makes it unlikely for us to be able to bring in this little guy like we should. I'm not sure he'll make it but I'm really hoping he will. We just tried to make him drink a little before bed and he seemed much more lethargic so I'm kind of worried.

I was just about to add a picture we had taken at the beginning of the day, but it somehow got deleted as it was being transferred. Hopefully I'll have a chance to take another.

7 comments:

Megan said...

oh no, that's horrible! I hope he's doing okay...I don't know if it would help, but I'll email my boss at the Zoo and see if they have any advice for that, since they handle (domestic) animals themselves...

Jennifer said...

Oh how sad! I'll say a prayer for the little squirrel :(

ilana kohn said...

ohhhh! good luck to the little guy!!

jenniferyumyums said...

God speed furry friend!

Shirley said...

oh... that is so sad. I hope he'll be okay. or is it a she? anyway... as a city gal, i'm not too fond of animals of any kind but my heartstrings are always pulled when it's something sad like this. :( keep us aprised of any developments!

julia said...

Little guy made it through the night! Thanks so much everyone for their good thoughs. I'm so happy, I was really worried he wouldn't make it. We fed him a little this morning and he seems a little friskier than last night which I think is a good sign! I think his eyes are also starting to open just a little. He's now hiding inside one of the gloves we had been using to feed/handle him with. Gosh I really have a soft spot for little animals - but I know they are wildlife and not pets, so I'll be very happy when he finally wanders off on his own.

stephanie renee said...

that is so sad, so glad you are looking out for the little guy!