This unusual patient came in from the coast in bad shape. At just a month and half old he was found abandoned inside a building. It was immediately apparent that this patient had neurological damage. Douglas squirrels are an uncommon species in our clinic and what made this patient even more uncommon was a tick he had. Clinic staff often observed him running in circles. Despite his behavior the squirrel had no other injuries is a great eater. The patient quickly put on weight and displayed all the other attributes we would expect from an animals his age.
Overwintering at Wildlife Images
The patient arrived in early November which means he was born in late September or possibly the first week of October. Squirrels are known for having multiple litters a year – even into September but rarely do babies arrive so late in the season. The patient’s young age and his, so far, persistent tick means that he will spend the winter at Wildlife Images. At this age and in this season the patient would struggle to find appropriate shelter and wouldn’t be able to forage enough food. The hope is that by overwintering the squirrel we will also provide a safe place for him to either outgrow his tick or develop behaviors to overcome the challenges the tick would provide in the wild. For now he is in an intermediate outdoor rehabilitation enclosure and is pretty much hands off. Staff check on him once a day and provide fresh food, water, and bedding when needed. Since he is so young he was also provided a heat source.