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Patient Update: Eastern Grey Squirrels

Updated: Jan 19

These five baby eastern grey squirrels came to Calgary Wildlife after their mother had been relocated. Unfortunately, the nest of babies was only found after the relocation. The babies were brought to our wildlife team with the momma squirrel no longer in the area.

All babies had mild dehydration, and some even presented with flakey skin. Since they were so young when they arrived, their eyes and ears were still closed.

Just this week, our team was lucky enough to witness their eyes and ears open up, to hear and see the big world for the first time!

The squirrels will be moved up through enclosure sizes throughout their care to meet their growing needs. They have already moved up three enclosure sizes since joining us. These babies love spending their time cuddling up together for naps and wiggling around during meal time.

Did You Know?

  • Squirrels move in a zig-zag pattern to escape predators.

  • Their scientific name is Sciurus Carolinensis; Sciurus comes from the Greek words Skis and Oura meaning shadow tail.

  • A squirrel's front teeth never stop growing.

  • In nature, squirrels often pretend to bury nuts to throw off potential thieves.

  • Squirrels can hide thousands of food caches each season and use their keen sense of smell and spatial memory to find them.

Your donation helps provide these baby squirrels with the proper food, medication, and care they require until they're ready to be released back to the wild where they belong.

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