I think we can all agree it’s hard not to fall instantly in love with baby animals! That is why we have decided to start a short series on our blog chronicling the adorable little lives of three of our newest infants, the squirrel siblings. We invite you to follow along each Saturday for the next couple of months as our little dray (or group of baby squirrels) grow up and prepare for life in the wild.
Earlier this week we had three lovely little eastern grey squirrels come into our facility. These two baby boys and their little sister are just around two and a half weeks old and currently weigh in right around 30 grams. At this stage they are just starting to get a little bit of fur and their ears are starting to unpin from their little heads. Their eyes are beginning to bulge showing that even though they are not open yet they are developing.
For the next few weeks they will remain completely reliant on mom (or in this case a surrogate) to help them with every aspect of their little lives. Just like a human newborn they spend most of their time sleeping and really only wake up and interact to eat and go potty (which they cannot do without assistance). It is our job to make sure they stay warm and safe with full bellies and empty bowels and bladders.
Over approximately the next 10 weeks we will closely monitor their growth by taking daily weights, and health through visual exams and keeping track of what and how much goes and out. Taking care of these babies is a rewarding responsibility but it is also a costly one. On average it costs us approximately $150 to raise a dray of three squirrels which covers their specialized formulas, feeding accessories such as, sterile oral syringes and nipples, solid foods (both fresh & dried), hygiene & housekeeping products and a nesting box to help them safely and easily adapt to life in the wild. If you love watching our babies grow we encourage you to consider making a donation to help cover the costs of their care and many of the other babies we are currently raising.
If you happen to find an wildlife in trouble please make sure you report it to a licensed rescue facility like Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife so that it can receive the care and treatment it needs. We also ask that you consider making a donation to Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife so that we may continue our work which includes the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wildlife in the Tampa Bay Area.
And remember to follow our blog to receive updates on these cuties and see what else is going on in our nest!