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squirrels are very dedicated and will try to retrieve
their babies if separated from them. If the baby
is not injured* or extremely skinny and you know where
the nest is (and the mom is ok) the best thing for the
baby is to try to re-unite it with the mom. Do not
give it anything to eat or drink. We want the baby
to cry so that the mom will hear it. Put the baby
in a plastic dish (like for butter or cool whip) with
a small piece of cloth (such as a piece of old t-shirt)
under it and tack the dish to the tree where the nest
is. Put it at least 6 feet up from the ground.
Do not do this after dark! She will not come out after
- Do not do this if the baby is injured.
- Do not do this if a cat has had it in its mouth.**
inside & watch for the mom. If she does not
come for the baby within a couple of hours, please
call us (636) 677-3670.
it is after dark, keep the baby warm overnight and put
them out in the morning. Place the container on
a covered heating pad. Keep the heating pad on LOW.
Keep away from pets. Put the container back out
on the tree at first light and give mom an hour to come
after an hour, the mom has not taken the babies back,
please call our clinic (636) 677-3670. The baby
should be kept warm to the touch until you can bring it
it is injured, has maggots, looks very skinny & bony,
or if it was brought to you by a dog or cat, please call
the wildlife clinic (636) 677-3670.
a cat got it, time is of the essence because the baby
will need antibiotics. Cat saliva is infectious
and deadly. Call us (636) 677-3670.
on the link below for more information on how to safely
remove a squirrel if you happen to find one or a family
in your attic:
(Pinky & Silky)
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**DO NOT FEED, DO NOT
LET CHILDREN OR ANIMALS TOUCH**
**DO KEEP WARM, DO
CALL US (636) 677-3670**
warm (use gloves to put in a box with soft material,
no towels. Take soda bottle and fill with very
warm water wrapped in a sock, taped to side of box.
Replace with very warm water as it cools, do not let
get cold. Keep box inside until dusk.
2. Do not
let children or animals touch, keep in a quiet area.
NOT FEED. DO NOT GIVE ANYTHING TO DRINK.
us to let us know what is happening (636) 677-3670.
mother will not come back for them until after dark,
sometimes as late as midnight.
sure the box you have them in is tall enough they can
not climb out. Put box back out as it gets dark
where you found the baby. Place a towel over the
top of the box to keep out owls and night birds.
away from the box as much as possible except to check
every hour to see if the mother has come back for the
babies. If the towel has not been moved she has
not come back.
8. If the
mother's tree has been cut down it could be as late
as midnight before she has found a new home and will
come back for her babies. Check for any blood or injuries
on the babies call us immediately (636) 677-3670.
It is possible she will not take all babies.
Her new home may not be big enough for everyone.
If the mother does come back she will move them as quickly
as possible. If it has been more than an hour
since she retrieved a baby, then she is probably done.
remaining baby(ies) inside and keep warm. Call
us (636) 677-3670. It is important to be in contact
with one of the raccoon specialists throughout the process.
Click on the link
below for more information on how to safely remove a
raccoon if you happen to find one or a family in your
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Since opossums do not
have nests or dens, the babies travel with the mom until
they are able to live on their own. If a single
opossum is found with no mother around it cannot be re-united.
Keep it warm and do not feed it anything and call the
clinic ASAP (636) 677-3670.
If you find live baby
opossums around a dead mother keep them warm, do not feed
and call the WRC (636) 677-3670.
If you find a dead mother
with a pouch full of babies the dead mother and babies
can be brought to us immediately with the
babies still in the pouch undisturbed. Time is very
important at this stage to avoid the babies from consuming
Opossums (Pinky & Silky)
pouch with babies
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Bunnies are the babies
most often unintentionally kidnapped by well-meaning
people. Rabbit nests are left unguarded most of
the time, with the mother on the nest only twice a day
for feeding. Both feedings are done at night,
when her presence will not attract predators.
Try to assess whether
the babies seem warm, active, and have round tummies
(bloated looking) or if they are cold, thin, and dehydrated.
On bunnies that don't have much fur yet, you can see
a white milk line in their tummy if they've been fed.
If you think the nest is abandoned, place 4 pieces of
string (dental floss works well) in an #(tic-tac-toe)-pattern
across the nest and leave it overnight. If it
is disturbed in the morning, the mother has returned
and the nest should be left alone. This method
is only trustworthy if the babies eyes are not yet open.
If their eyes are open and they are getting bigger they
may be coming out of the nest during the day and returning
If the nest has not
been disturbed, check the babies to see if their bellies
look full and round. If not, keep them warm, do
not feed and call WRC (636) 677-3670.
If the nest is poorly
located, cut the grass around it or cover with something
that will allow the mother to get to them, but not predators
(Put an upside-down wheelbarrow or a lawnmower over
the nest.) If it really bothers you not to mow
there, you could gently take them out mow over it and
put them back in EXACTLY the same location, but make
sure they still have their fur and dried grasses to
cover them. Yes, mom will still accept her babies
if they've been touched by humans, but don't handle
more than absolutely necessary! The babies are
fragile and easily stressed so don't let the whole family
or neighborhood hold them. They need peace and
quiet. It won't be inconvenient for long, the
babies usually leave the nest at only 2-3 weeks of age.
Never try to move the nest! Mom doesn't find them
by smell, she knows where they are geographically and
even a 2-foot difference can throw her off.
Whatever the situation,
if you feel they are compromised, please give us a call
and we can help you assess the situation. However,
please do all you can to keep the babies with their
mother. Rabbit mothers are much better at raising them
than humans are.
born bunnies in nest
Bunnies that can survive on thier own (yes they look small,
but fully able for surviving with out intervention)
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Mother skunks usually
create a den under a porch, driveway, deck, or underground.
The mother will venture out each evening to find food
for herself, and return near dawn each morning. Skunks
do not make noises of any sort to alert anyone if they
are injured or abandoned. If you find baby skunks outside
of their den, or starting to come out during day time
hours and you are aware of a dead skunk nearby (via
smell or sight) please call us at (636) 677-3670. If
we cannot be immediately reached, you can temporarily
house the babies until we return your call.
If baby skunks have
their eyes open already, they CAN and MAY
spray but only in tiny quantities that
are not usually bothersome. When picking up a baby skunk,
try to keep the tail tucked under the body so they are
less able to spray. Place the babies in a shoebox or
other cardboard box, on a towel or pillowcase and keep
in a warm, dark, quiet area in your home or garage until
we return your call. You can make a homemade heat source
using a sock and some rice if possible. Fill a sock
with rice, tie off the end, microwave for one minute
and place in box. If babies are cold, they will cling
to it, if babies are not cold, they will ignore it.
Do NOT place rice sock directly on babies.
If you are unaware
of any dead skunks in your vicinity, the babies can
be placed back outside near the den site in the box
provided. Place a towel or blanket over the box to keep
predatory eyes off of them and await Momma Skunk's
return. If the babies have not been retrieved in a few
hours, please bring them back in and call us.
*If babies have maggots,
fly packets, is in *any* way visibly injured, dehydrated,
bloated, or bleeding in any way, do not attempt to reunite
and call us immediately. (636) 677-3670
*If babies have been handled by a cat or dog, please
do not attempt to reunite and call us immediately. (636)
*DO NOT FEED. DO NOT GIVE ANYTHING TO DRINK.
SKUNK FORMULAS ARE VERY SPECIFIC TO SKUNKS. THEY CANNOT
DIGEST GOAT OR COWS MILK on a long term basis and SHOULD
NEVER BE FED MEAT OR DOG OR CAT FOOD, EVEN CANNED.
These foods seem effective at first, but ultimately
will kill these animals if not corrected quickly with
the correct diet.
Skunk with her litter of babies coming out of her den.
Baby Skunks are called kits.
litter of very young Baby Skunks. Their eyes are not open
yet & they do not have fur. But notice their skin is black
and white. They are smaller than a ball point pen.
Baby Skunk with fur. Approx 3-4 weeks old. It's eyes are open,
and it CAN spray at this age, although not near as potent
as an adult.