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Please do all you can to keep the babies with their mother.

If we do not answer the phone, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Baby Squirrel

Mother 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 dark.
- Do not do this if the baby is injured.
- Do not do this if a cat has had it in its mouth.**

Go inside & watch for the mom.  If she does not come for the baby within a couple of hours, please call us (636) 677-3670.

If 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 get it. 

If, 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 to us. 

 *If 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.

**If 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.

Click 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:


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Baby Squirrels
(Pinky & Silky)

Squirrel nests

Baby Raccoon


**DO KEEP WARM, DO CALL US (636) 677-3670**

1.  Keep 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.


4.  Call us to let us know what is happening (636) 677-3670.

5.  The mother will not come back for them until after dark,    sometimes as late as midnight.

6.  Make 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.

7.  Stay 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.

9.  Take 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 attic:


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Baby Raccoon
Baby Raccoon

Baby Opossum

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 spoiled milk. 

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Baby Opossums (Pinky & Silky)
Opossum pouch with babies

Baby Bunny

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 at night.

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.

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Baby Bunny
New born bunnies in nest

Bunnies that can survive on thier own (yes they look small, but fully able for surviving with out intervention)

Baby Skunk

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) 677-3670

*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.

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Adult Skunk with her litter of babies coming out of her den.

Baby Skunks are called kits.
A 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.
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic is an all volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization which specializes in the rehabilitation of native Missouri mammals and is licensed by the Missouri Department of Conservation.