What To Do If You Find An Injured Squirrel

By Published On: 8 May 2013Last Updated: 14 April 2023

Squirrels get a bad rap by those who consider them pests. The bright side is that we can help if we come across an animal who needs it. Here's how!

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Squirrels are a part of daily urban life. They’re cute and fun to watch as they chase each other, climb trees, and nibble on snacks they find foraging. Sadly, many consider them pests when they find their way into homes where they can nest between walls or attics. This can be a problem for homeowners and renters alike because they can cause damage by chewing through electrical cables or insulation.

Learning how to live with the animals residing out of our backdoors is important. Let’s learn about squirrels and what to do if we happen across one who needs our help.

Squirrel facts to know

This fluffy-tailed forager collects nuts and seeds for food and buries them underground, storing them for colder months. Luckily for us, they’re also forgetful. Often they’ll forget where they stored their food, and the abandoned seeds eventually sprout into plants. This means the common grey squirrel is unwittingly responsible for helping to grow hundreds of new plants and trees yearly.

Preferred habitat. Grey squirrels are tree dwellers but will approach nearby home gardens for food. They are easily spotted at the base of trees and disappear up the trunks if disturbed.

Diet. Most, but not all, squirrels are vegetarian. Nuts, acorns, seeds, fruits, & buds are the main foods in a squirrel’s diet. Flying squirrels will eat bird eggs, baby birds, and insects.

Breeding habits. Females give birth twice yearly to litters of between three to seven babies. They typically nest high in trees.

Baby squirrel sleeping on a blanket / Source

What to do if you find baby squirrels

  • Look for the nest or any siblings that might be nearby.
  • Search the area for predators, like dogs, cats, or other dangers that might be present.
  • Check them for signs of injury.
  • Handle babies as little as possible, using a soft cloth such as a washcloth or an old flannel shirt. Place in a protective container with a soft, clean cloth.
  • Keep babies warm; this is especially important if they have little to no fur.
  • Don’t feed them! Wildlife rehabilitators use a formula specifically for baby squirrels. Do not feed them cow’s milk!
  • Look for the mother. She may be trying to find her baby. If you happen to spot her, place the container where she can see and access it. Remember to keep the area safe and watch out for predators!

Close-up of a grey squirrel / Source

What to do if you find an injured juvenile or adult squirrel

  • Check for signs of injury. Common causes include: Being hit by a car, falling from a tree, being attacked by another animal, and poisoning. Head trauma or poisoning symptoms may include listing to the side, walking in circles, looking/acting dizzy, or bleeding from the nose or mouth.
  • If the squirrel is hurt, handle them with care. While squirrels aren’t naturally aggressive, they can claw or bite to avoid capture and have sharp teeth and strong jaws. It’s a good idea to wear thick gloves for protection.
  • Throw a towel over the squirrel and scoop him up to put in a box or cage. There are animal cages with detachable bases that can capture a squirrel, similar to catching an insect in a cup and sliding something underneath.
  • Don’t hold or pet the squirrel.
  • Provide a soft bed; an old shirt will do.
  • Keep the squirrel warm.
  • Place the box or cage in a quiet area away from other animals.

Get professional help

No matter the squirrel’s age, you should always contact a professional such as Squirrelmender Wildlife Rehabilitation once you’ve rescued the animal from any immediate danger (or determined that you cannot).


  1. Raj May 28, 2023 at 3:41 am - Reply

    I just found one grey back indian squirrel baby with both front legs Injured , and was scrolling when i found ,
    I know where is the nest , there are 2-3 more babies on the tree , what should i do ?

  2. Joanne Laurie December 17, 2022 at 1:02 am - Reply

    People! The comments here are sad but also ridiculous. This is not a rescue page. This is an old article and no one is replying to comments. Even if they were they would only tell you this: If you find a sick or injured squirrel, search for someone in your area to help it. Look for a person or rescue who does wildlife rehabilitation. A regular vet will not likely help you but may be able to direct you to someone who can. YOU WILL NOT GET HELP FROM OLD INTERNET ARTICLES.

    • Lord squirrel mage April 9, 2023 at 11:36 am - Reply

      I found a squirrel in my backyard, not sure if a dog got to it. It’s definitely injured. What should I do?

  3. Vivian Montoya December 11, 2022 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    My 2 year old male cat proudly brought me the squirrel he bit on the hind leg and back. The squirrel cannot walk and has a puncture wound and is now bleeding pretty bad. How do I care for this poor injured squirrel? I have him in my pet carrier n have wrapped him up n been keeping him warm now for 2 days. Can I clean his wounds with peroxide n antibiotic ointment?
    I have left a message with the Wildlife number that google has provided on Friday evening. Today is Sunday and I need to help him. I hope to hear back from someone by tomorrow.
    Please point me in the right direction?

  4. Pankaj Babrey November 15, 2022 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    I found a squirrel in my balcony it appears she fell from the tree abject to house – the squirrel is not able to move but it is responding when I touch – probably got injured but there is no blood around . Any suggestions what can be done . Any medicine or lotion which is available in pet clinic may be suggested .

  5. Ramona Robinson June 5, 2022 at 7:57 am - Reply

    Squirrel on peak of roof looking over believed To be hurt or dying can someone remove for free.

  6. veena patil January 25, 2022 at 8:36 am - Reply

    i found a 5 weeks old squirrel had paralyzed hindlegs and broken spinal cord, now its not opening its eyes. what can i do?

  7. Leslie Ann Randall November 20, 2021 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    I need help. I found Trixie when her eyes were still closed. I nursed her and she grew into a beautiful squirrel. well she got out of the house one day and discovered the trees. I didn’t have the heart to make her come back in doors so she stayed in the trees doing squirrel things but she still would come to me any time she saw me wanting some nuts and some loving. She came in today and she wasn’t looking normal I ve noticed her leg is broke. Its extremely swollen and it smells bad. I know enough to know its infected. Here’s my dilemma I cant afford to take her to an vet. People around here dont much believe in taking a squirrel to the vet. I dont know what to do?

  8. Evelyn LAUGHLIN November 7, 2021 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Is it bad to feed squirrels daily I have about 3 squirrels come to my backyard and I started feeding them peanuts walnuts or almonds I noticed black birds come flying snatching all the nuts before the squirrels comeback all nuts are gone in less than a minute so I started putting the nuts in a cat bowl and place the bowl by the glass door so bird can’t get to it 2 of the squirrels they become comfortable coming in by the glass door to eat the nut in a cat bowl without getting scared of us. I need your expert opinions Is this wrong am doing? what wrong am doing

  9. Pat lenar October 31, 2021 at 8:59 am - Reply

    The squirrel got dried off and warmed up ..uninjured.. ran out of box when nudged with a stick .. ran up tree to sit in the sun

  10. Pat lenar October 31, 2021 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Hi I need advice .. [editors note: phone number redacted for privacy]
    I just found a squirrel in a bucket of water I swept him into a cardboard box and put towels in there and started to warm inside the box with the hairdryer his Furrer is now getting dry his tail is still wet it’s warm inside the box what do I do next he’s here he appears very alert but he’s not moving I think he’s very stressed from treading water in the bucket

  11. Elly Roselle September 11, 2021 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    It’s not easy to find help for an injured squirrel that is capable of scampering away. This little guy cones for peanuts flips over on his side and back while struggling to eat the nut. He’s been like this for anger weeks and he doesn’t appear to be recovering. His disability appears to be worsening. What do I do? Who do I call who would care enough to help? I can’t afford vet bills.

  12. Lillian Brannan August 21, 2021 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Who do you call when a squirrel has been hit by a car

  13. Virginia Pugh August 18, 2021 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    I’m so sad. There is a squirrel laying on cement patio of an apartment. The neighbor said it wobbled in front of her door and asked me to remove it. It’s laying on it belly legs extended to side. It looks like it has hiccups or hard time with lungs. I went to get a empty tuna can filled with water and couple chunks of zucchini to put next to it by pushing with a broom. I tried to get closer and was scarred to pick up because it stood up and wobbled to the next neighbors patio. It has a eye completely shut. Everytime I get near it wobbled to next patio.

  14. Sharon Garry July 11, 2021 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Found an injured adult in my driveway who seems unable to move the hind legs. I placed him in my pet carrier with a cushion and paper scraps, and he ate the almonds I gave him. It’s Sunday so the vet is closed. I hate the idea of automatic euthanasia for the little creature if he has a chance to recover.

  15. Rushil June 30, 2021 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    There was this squirrel in my house but my brother accidentally stepped on his leg and its rolling around. My dad fed him water nut still the same what do I do?

  16. katia Bravo Bendezu June 22, 2021 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Hi, I found a squirrel and she is not able to put a peanut in his mouth. I break a peanut and gave her some clean peanuts but she can’t eat. The squirrel’s face is inflamed. I try to catch her but she went. I feel sad. She doesn’t look good. How can I help her?.

  17. Andrew Horn June 2, 2021 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Have a juvenile squirrel and I believe it fall out our tree to the ground. It’s left front leg and left back leg moves but the right side isn’t. What should I do.i called all the vets and they won’t help.i live in Philadelphia, ms

    • Thesia July 27, 2022 at 12:11 am - Reply

      Did you ever find out th cause of this? I found one this morning, actually my husband did. He was doing OK in the box, would eat and drink but what do I do now? Hoping you can help if you ever found an answer maybe.

  18. Rebecca December 4, 2020 at 2:02 am - Reply

    My sister found an injured squirrel on her walk today in front of our neighbor’s who’s admitted to killing squirrels… no visible lacerations/blood but its two front legs seem stiff & paralyzed (it only shuffles them side to side but cannot grasp or lift things), it sits very still, it seems v lethargic and barely moves (when it does it can’t go far and stumbles), and it keeps falling forward with its eyes open as if it can’t control it. We are going to take it to a rehab facility, but my heart hurts thinking about what could have happened to it… does it sound like it’s been poisoned? Possible head trauma? Result of a car accident? We don’t know if it will require euthanasia but are praying it can be helped :,(

    • Rebecca December 4, 2020 at 2:08 am - Reply

      **** Also, it has eaten a couple leaves of spinach and grapes that I gave it if that is any indication of its condition. It cannot grasp the food and could only shuffle closer to eat with its mouth from the ground

      • Suzanne June 9, 2022 at 4:56 pm - Reply

        My cat I believe bit a baby squirrel upper arm/shoulder. The squirrel is eating nuts and berries we’ve been feeding him and just gave him condensed milk mixed with water. But if he goes with out medical attention I believe he will die. He’s a tree squirrel..

        I’d like to know what to do and how to wrap his arm. Or who can I call

  19. Sultana November 14, 2020 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    There is a bleeding squirrel that just got attacked by a hawk. It’s in a tree but not that high. How do I help it?

  20. Afnan October 22, 2020 at 8:01 am - Reply

    I got a injured squirrel in my yard which was caught by my cat and got his bot he hind legs injured and I need some help any suggestions plz

  21. anonymous September 23, 2020 at 11:28 am - Reply

    There’s a squirrel in my backyard that I’ve fed sunflower seeds to for possibly years now (i just leave a couple handfuls for all the squirrels everyday so they don’t chew through my bird feeder–i also leave them a bowl of water). Lately I can tell she’s injured herself on one of her front legs. Like she holds her arm to her stomach even when she’s walking now and sort of hops along. She’s always been the friendliest squirrel of the bunch–used to come right up to me when I come out cause she knows I leave her seeds, but now that she’s injured I think she’s scared (she’s become overly cautious, even runs away when she sees me, probably cause she can’t move as fast). I don’t know what to do, if anything? Is there anything I CAN do to help her? Or should I just leave her alone since she’s still mobile and has survived like this for at least a week? Every time I see her now I feel like crying cause I know she’s hurt, but I don’t know how to help her! I’m worried the other squirrels will attack her; sometimes they try to chase each other away (i leave them multiple piles of seeds spaced out, so they won’t fight but some of them get territorial if they happen to come at the same time).

    • Vicky September 20, 2021 at 3:37 am - Reply

      Sunflower seeds are poisonous to squirrels! Just fyi

  22. Jeroslee September 14, 2020 at 11:32 am - Reply

    I found a full grown female on the side of a bike path. She is unable to move her two front paws, can barley move her head to look around. basically lanky top part of her body. Hind legs are still working perfect (able to leap) Her eyes seemed red and puffy last night, but swelling went waay down this morning. She has no odors to her. She squeaks when I move her off her face (she still trying to hop around) I successfully gave her water- But food is her issue.
    Once every hour she panics till i check up on her.

    I live in Canada AB nursing the injured is fine.

    • anonymous September 23, 2020 at 11:32 am - Reply

      Well if you still have her maybe feed her sunflower seeds, peanut butter, or bird suet. They love that stuff. You should probably take her to the nearest wildlife rehabilitation place if she’s got broken bones though.

  23. Mimi May 28, 2020 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    I chased a dog (boxer) away from a seemingly hurt squirrel that fell out of a tree a few hours ago, it looked like it would be okay. And that it was just In shock, it is moving more now, and its in a cage with water and nuts. It has full fur, but its tail seems to be missing a bunch of fur, probably by the boxer. Should I just wait and see if he will be okay? Or should I return him close to the tree?

  24. Yaretzi April 29, 2020 at 10:10 am - Reply

    I have a baby squirrel that is around 6-7 weeks and he hit his head, what do I do?

    • Newborn baby squirrel February 13, 2021 at 1:14 am - Reply

      I have a newborn baby baby fox squirrel. My cat bring him to me and it doesn’t have a mom
      I don’t have any puppy milk replacer or anything except cow milk

  25. lynn pelkey April 7, 2020 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Theres a squirrel in the road her eyes are partly opened could it be alive I dont want it to suffer please please help. Whatdo I do?

  26. trinidy crum February 8, 2020 at 10:53 am - Reply

    I just found a squirrel in the middle of the road. It is having trouble walking. I saw it in the road and slowly walked up to it an it tried to crawl up my leg so I wrapped it in my jacket an put it in a clear plastic tote box. What should I do now?

    • BRITTANY CHIPMAN May 31, 2020 at 12:12 am - Reply

      My gosh did you ever get a reply from these people who *care so much about animals and squirrels. Its extremely rare for a squirrel to give rabies to a human. But that behavior was scared for its life and putting it all on re praying tou were not there to hurt it and you could help. Or it was Rabid. The later is ver rare.
      I hope you determined its condition with little help from online experts unless you want to pay.
      I just drive an hour to where an old friend called and said there was a suffering and could walk. I drove as fast I as I could safely with m ugh daughter and located it. A juvenile in the main pathway of the busy lake. 20 people passing every 20 minutes or less.amd everyone walked right over her. I thought she was dead with bot flies every where. Once I picked her up she was breathing. Noone in the HS or any wild life facility would come. I brought her home. Immediately washed all bot fly eggs from her so she didint contract fly Stryker. The most horrific thing I’ve ever seen.
      Gave her a timey piece of my own valium, a piece of my dogs tramadol and bathed and inspect her thoroughly. 3 day ago. She couldnt move her hind legs at all. I though I was gonna have to peacef8put her down but I couldnt. Up two nights. And now she is eating and drinking from me. The IBUPROFEN the vet recommended brought down swelling of her spine. And now her back legs move. Its apparent that a dog got her probly one if those sick owners… sick em! Her tail off at the bone at 2.5 inches. I n.v thought she was gonna nose her popped out blood socket eye. TAB ointment as cleared so much up and heed her tail. Mostly too. She still cannot walk. But it all works. Ugh she is so sweet and trusting. I couldnt amaging stepping over her as she suffers.

  27. Brijesh yadav December 16, 2019 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    I found a injured squirrel on road what can i do and how to know he is hungry please tell me

    • Angel B December 19, 2019 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      Keep him warm and how old is it

      • Ahamed March 29, 2020 at 6:51 am - Reply

        I found a squirrel today in my back yard it was struggling to move and draged it’s back legs what should I do

        • Dustin Embom October 24, 2020 at 4:31 pm - Reply

          I’m on here due to the same thing u posted his legs have done some healing but the one he still drags around we are not sure of what to do we have called around but don’t know what to do we released him and he was back at the cage we made for him by night fall so we took tht as a sign he had no place to go?

    • Ang April 26, 2020 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      Found small squirrel but not baby but very small. Rolling around in yard. Eyes were a blue grey color he was able to move but couldn’t get up we carefully placed him in a bucket to protect from other predators with grass and stuff to keep warm he’s moving but he can’t move on his own he can just rol around. What do I do

      • George Ward June 4, 2023 at 10:43 am - Reply


  28. Pradeep sharma December 10, 2019 at 7:15 am - Reply

    I found a injured squirrel near my home. I think His left leg are broken. So that he is not able to run. Plz tell me about his proper care & treatment….

    • Angel B December 19, 2019 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      If you think his leg is broken please take him to your local wildlife accepting vet.

      • tina April 11, 2020 at 4:14 pm - Reply

        please help I don’t have gas to take this adorable squirrel that just fell out of a a a tree it has a broken leg I believe he can still kinda make it I took him to butchkos but they were being rude turning people away…

      • Andrew July 25, 2020 at 3:34 pm - Reply

        I came across a dying squirrel whilst out running in the forest. Barely alive. Still breathing but a lot of flies were rested on it. I wasn’t sure what to do. Tried to give it some water. I wrapped it in a towel. Moved it away from the trail under a tree. Away from the flies. I covered the towel in leafs and bits of tree. It was still alive when I left. Should I leave this squirrel or go check up on it?

  29. annie September 18, 2019 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    RESPOND ASAP A NEWBORN SQUIERREL JUST DROPPED FROM 90 foot tree and left by mother

  30. Patricia d nesbit September 18, 2019 at 12:22 am - Reply

    what should i do?im scared the baby has rabies..cause someone scared me saying they all have them.but my neighbor found the baby at the base of a tree im sure it fell from it,and its no small tree..the squirrel is sorta walking in circles and if u put him directly on the ground its as if he doesn’t have balance.should i be worried?? the limbs on the left side seem a bit weak but when i hold him i can feel that he has light mobility in them..answers please

  31. Duggles August 3, 2019 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    When one of my yard squirrels, known as graypants, showed up this morning, I could tell she was having difficulties. She hopped along not putting any weight on her arms. As she got closer I could see that both of her wrists were broken or injured. I’m wondering if she got caught in a trap? She did eat some nuts then hobbled off. She is a wild squirrel and will not let anyone get too close. Is it possible that her injuries will heal on their own?

  32. Katherine March 30, 2019 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Squirrel found outside of house. He appears injured.. He starts to seize and raises his two front paws about every ten minutes & it is frightening. However, no movement from his back legs. Any ideas?

  33. Harlan B March 28, 2019 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    I am in Central America..We have no vet that is familiar with small wild animals anywhere near us. 11 days ago I found a small squirrel full hair, not a baby but still a pup and he was hurt he was trying to run away but kept going in a circle to the right..I could see that his right arm or shoulder was hurt..He was only 5 ” long not including the tail..His eyes seemed to be bluish like a small puppy so I don’t think he is that old maybe just a few months at most..We have squirrels living here in the rainforest where we live and I see the adults everyday and another 1 or 2 pups…So I brought him in and he was very thirsty..I have a small serenge and I use it with the plastic nub to give him water and honey and a small bit of vitamins paste for kitties and dogs that we have…He could not walk the first 3 or 4 days but started to recuperate quickly after that…I feed him 3 times a day and keep feeding him the water/milk honey vitamin mix which he loves 3 times a day, and I have bananas and mangos and pineapples growing here so I have that cut in small pieces and he likes that along with cacao nuts and all the local foods they eat…His right forearm was definitely broken I can feel the break compared to the left arm..he is using his right arm and leg now but I can see he is still weak on that side..I put a tree branch 5″ in diameter and 8 ft. tall. in the garage where I keep him away from the dogs and cats in a small cage..3 days ago he started climbing the “tree”..I figured that would be good therapy…He is eating the bark from the branch at the Y in the branch and goes up and down..he is still favoring that right arm but the fingers all seem to be opening now and he is getting much stronger.. Today he was hanging upside down on the branch and having fun and fell about 5 ft. to the floor..it scared him he ran into his cage..I think it was a fall that got him in trouble…So I am not sure if I should let him go yet?? I wanted to make sure he was using his right arm correctly before letting him go..This is wild rainforest here..There are snakes and lots of big birds and other predators all around all the time, so in order for him to make it he needs to have it all working for him.. When I feel he is ready, should I build him a small “house at the base of the tree close to where I found him?? Also I am worried he will not get water there, so we have a stream about 50 yards from where I found him, so maybe I should let him go there and show him the water ?? He snuggles into his bedding every day almost all day long except for when i am exercising him and feeding him..So I don’t know how to handle this..I feel I should have a small house there easy and simple to build and put it in a tree right next to my compost piles where we toss all of our daly organic vege and fruit skins etc. etc. and that is right next to the stream..So I feel that is a good option and hopefully he can reconnect with his family.
    Any advice?? If he would have fallen from another 5 ft higher today, he could have really been hurt again….I don’t think he is ready to go back out, but I just don’t know..Thanks for any help you can give me and ASAP if possible…Harlan Busch

  34. Thanya March 20, 2019 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    I found a squirrel on a rd badly injured, she was hit by a car. I stopped and took her, but I didn’t know what to do because I was going to an appointment. After my appointment she was still alive, but on my way to the vet she died. I feel really bad because I could not do anything to save her. I think that a could do more to try to save her, my heart is broken and I feel guilty for her dead.

    • Susan February 29, 2020 at 11:20 pm - Reply

      Please please don’t feel guilty. What you did was wonderful and way more than most people would have done. My heart breaks for the little guy too. I am trying to help a wild squirrel in my backyard who is scratching to the point of open wounds. I plan to humanly trap and care for him while enroute to our vet. I wish there were more kind hearted people in the world like you. 💜

  35. Katie March 14, 2019 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Came home from work and found an injured squirrel lying on the ground in the back yard. We just got a lot of rain and hail. I think it may have gotten knocked out of a tree. Head was slightly moving and it was breathing. It’s back legs and one of his front legs were not moving. Felt so bad for it. It was drenched. I grabbed some clothes and placed it in a box in the garage, so it at least wouldn’t get rained anymore. Just tried to make it as comfortable as possible. Anything else I can do for it? I don’t think there’s a rehabilitation place near me. Poor little thing.

  36. Julie A December 21, 2018 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Hi. My spouse seen one of our regular squirrels today coming for his daily peanuts but today his back right leg was pressed up to his body. He said he thinks it’s broken as I didnt see him. Still haven’t yet. Do u think its broke? What if he doesn’t come back does that mean he went somewhere to pass on. I feel so bad for him. What should I do if he comes back. I do have a cat carrier. This is so sad.

  37. Pat July 4, 2018 at 9:50 am - Reply

    The squirrel was laying flat down on the highway….I looked down, carefully drove over him, parked my car. My son hurried and picked him up. I put him in the car, he was out of it. So I went home, left the windows down, car doors opened and checked on him. For two hours he moved a little. Then I went out, he was a lot more alert….looked at me tail flicking…I used a branch to get him out of the car. He climbed under some wood pallets…I’m thinking to die…so I go into the house to get water …I go back out to the car…I hear something in the brush moving fast..and there he was, climbing the fence and into the big maple…..he must have been in shock.

  38. Vishal Kumar June 24, 2018 at 6:57 am - Reply

    I am have squirrel as my pet I don’t know to jump I tried of jumping from window it got injuries in mouth and 2 front legs and it’s very hard for him to use the 2 front legs and not eating any solid food and eating only milk and honey and water what should I do that it can recover soon 😥

    • Shubhi September 21, 2018 at 8:14 am - Reply

      Same my squirrel leg is injured took

  39. Ethan Gunter May 27, 2018 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Last night I found a squirrel under my deck that my cat left it’s still alive no visible injuries but it’s not able to walk I’ve kept him hydrated and fed and other than being immobile he is perfectly healthy. Any advice?

    • Ethan Gunter May 27, 2018 at 10:04 am - Reply

      Also he is not afraid of human contact at all

  40. David May 9, 2018 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Black adult squirrel with a broken front paw. I watched him play in my yard for the past two years. I called several places and no one will care for him. I refuse to let him get eaten by another animal so what do I do now? I’ve been giving water with a syringe but he won’t eat bread or nuts. What else should I try? I’m sure he’s very frightened. I just foud him hurt today.

    • Kali Daniels June 19, 2018 at 10:58 am - Reply

      Avacado is a safe guess. Meaning most squirrels Love it!

    • Patricia d nesbit September 18, 2019 at 12:28 am - Reply

      try cream of wheat they love it..it also has good nutrition in it..they actually use it in many malnutritioned animals

  41. Cara Clark March 11, 2018 at 11:06 am - Reply

    For those in Minnesota please take injured wildlife to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in 2530 Dale St, Roseville, MN. They will take any injured or orphaned bird, animal, reptile or amphibian. 651-486-9453

  42. yesica hanson November 24, 2017 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Most cities do not take wildlife so saying take them to a professional is not helping at all KD

    • London March 14, 2019 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      I live in one of the world’s capital cities, and I found a young squirrel (I suspect after a dog owner had encouraged the dog to go for it, as we have some very sad dog owners here who apparently can’t afford a ball). It was left to die slowly in the wind and rain and had flies all over it, especially the eyes, basically being eaten alive (fly eggs were on the body). It was totally lame in both back legs, in and out of consciousness, not eating. I thought the vet was going to take one look and put it down. I’ll tell you what actually happened.
      It is currently in the out-of-hours surgery, being watched overnight. She has given it morphine for the pain, stuff for its fleas and fly eggs, they gave it fluids and nutrition, they are doing an x ray and have a blanketed box ready for it. If there are no lethal internal injuries, it is going to get splints and get collected by volunteers in a town 60km away who will then give it endless care and recuperation time before it goes back into the wild/park. No money taken.

  43. richard November 13, 2017 at 1:32 am - Reply

    any squirrel is worth saving if it is injured people say oh their rodents but they are one of gods creatures i have squirrels come to my back door every day they are so much fun to watch with all their athletic ability so are so tame they look right in my window every day i couldn’t imagine life with out these beautiful creatures

  44. Caroleyna Kimrey August 30, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    I had an injured squirrel that I had raised from a baby and relocated back to the wild but he comes up every day to eat and one day he came up injured with what appeared to be barbed wire. Because he is used to being handled I put Neosporin on the wounds and they have healed up. I hope this helps. Because the veterinaries in my area will not treat squirrels which is a shame.

    • we ety October 20, 2017 at 10:41 pm - Reply

      They wont in mine, either.

    • Theresa May 31, 2018 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      I love them they entertain me every day,I love how they come up on the deck to say hello in the morning when I’m having my coffee .it is too bad the vets won’t help them.i noticed one limping today it drives me nuts,no pun intended when I caint help the poor thing.but I’m gonna keep an eye on it.thank you to anyone who feeds and cares for them

  45. Theresa August 13, 2017 at 2:45 am - Reply

    I found a baby squirrel on the street outside my parents house we think he fell out of the tree there. Me n my mom went to pet store n got a little bottle n formula, it was so cute to watch him drink his bubba. The next day I was sitting on my mom’s porch and noticed another baby squirrel coming down the tree then he came right towards the porch so I picked him up and took him inside and bottle fed him then put him with his sibling. My mom took care of them until they could eat on there own, they loved peanuts. After a couple months she set them free on the tree where they came from. Every day they came to her front door so she could feed them nuts n give them water. They even brought friends with them to eat so mom was feeding all the squirrels in the neighborhood

  46. Indu July 31, 2017 at 7:17 am - Reply

    First thank you for advices..
    I have male squirrel 6 &1/2 months old sometimes some thing worg with his little hand & leg fingers, he is not keeping leg or hand at that time can enyone explain to me what should i do

  47. Michelle July 9, 2017 at 8:58 am - Reply

    I have an injured squirrel that’s a little feisty any time I open his cage to feed him he tries to jump out even though his hind legs are not abble to move at all he drags his back legs I’m wondering if he might be paralyzed if so how can I help him nobody will help him and their are no wildlife rehabilitation centers around help plz he’s a sweet boy and he hides under his blanket a lot he’s eating and drinking water fine just wanting to make him as comfortable as possible

    • Helen j. March 2, 2019 at 10:30 am - Reply

      Hi michelle. What happened with your paralyzed squirrel? We just had the same type of squirrel encounter but after 2 nights it took oil and we have yet to see him he did have Bill at each leg joint and we think his knee joints were injured and then scarred down allowing him to walk.

  48. Andy June 24, 2017 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    I found a squirrel that seems to have one of its legs injured. It hisses when I get close. Can someone please help?

  49. Bryan May 15, 2017 at 4:56 am - Reply

    There’s a squirrel in my yard with an injury to its leg an open wound it looks like es por region just fine and seems to get around okay however the open wound will probably get infected I imagine what is your advice leave it be or try to trap it and get it help

    • KD Angle Traegner May 15, 2017 at 8:37 am - Reply

      Hi Bryan, here’s what I’d do. If you don’t already know the number to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in your area, you can call a local vet’s office and ask whether or not they take in injured wildlife. Some do and some won’t (and can’t) so it’s best to find somewhere to take the squirrel before you even try to catch him/her. If there is a local animal hospital near you, try there too as they may have sources that a local veterinarian won’t.

      Once you have this information, it’s a good idea to store it in your phone in case you come across any other animals that need your help. In my area there is an animal hospital who has a wildlife vet come in for a few hours and you can drop off injured wildlife there to be treated.

      To trap the squirrel you’ll need a trap and a little bit of food. An experienced wildlife rehabilitator can give you advice (some may even come to you) on what the safest trapping methods are, which is another reason it’s best to contact them before doing anything.

      I hope it all works out for the squirrel. Let me know how it goes.

  50. Judy Snyder May 9, 2017 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Injured squirrel in my yard, my dogs aren’t happy, what do I do?

  51. Chris May 5, 2017 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Actually I have a question find a juvenile squirrel I’m caring for it but yea it started walking in circles with his head tilted towards the ground nearly strapping his face

    • KD Angle Traegner May 5, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Chris, take the squirrel to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator quickly. Good luck.

    • Rachel May 28, 2017 at 11:38 pm - Reply

      Sounds like brain trauma. Hope he’s doing better now.

  52. PARTH A.VASHI November 14, 2016 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Gentle information I have got …. Thank you so much ….

  53. Betty October 15, 2016 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    I called the humane society and they told me to call Animal control. So I did and told them I had an injured squirrel and they laughed at me! Where I live we don’t have any proffessianals. How do I help the little guy? His back legs are broken I think..I have him in a recycling bin with branches, watermelon and nuts… But he barely moves.. What do I do???

    • Theresa May 31, 2018 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Betsy,that’s awfull that they laughed sometimes they are in it for the pay check and not the animals I’ve experienced this also.call around try to find a vet or animal hospital the treats wild life good luck and thank you for your kindness to these babies

      • Theresa May 31, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

        I got your name wrong Betty sorry

  54. Lilly September 17, 2016 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    I have a squirm that I found and it looks attacked and I want to clean the woan what should I do

    • KD Angle Traegner September 17, 2016 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      Lilly, You should contact a local wildlife rehabilitator in your area. If you aren’t familiar with one, call your local 24-hour emergency veterinarian and ask them- they’ll probably be able to point you in the right direction. Good luck.

  55. Mark Gessner October 8, 2015 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    No advise on taking care of injured squirrel except call an expert trained in dealing with them. Come on already. Stock up on peanuts, provide protection, etc…

    • KD Traegner October 9, 2015 at 10:29 am - Reply

      Hey there Mark, thanks for stopping by. The absolute best thing for an injured squirrel is getting them to an expert who is trained in their care, sorry but that’s the truth. Our tips are meant to help you get the animal in a safe place and warm until you can get to someone who knows exactly what injured squirrels need. Also, there are very strict laws in place about rehabilitating wildlife which vary by area- it may not be legal where you are at to have a caged squirrel on your property. Sorry mate.

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