How I ended up with a squirrel as a pet

Posted on May 05th 2012

Baby Grey Squirrel in the nest

Baby Grey Squirrel closeup

One day I was crossing the parking lot to get to the grocery store, and noticed something odd on the ground. A little tiny grey baby squirrel. At first, I thought it was dead, as it not move as I approached it. To this day, I don’t know how it ended up in the middle of a parking lot with hardly any trees around.

After a split second of consideration, I made the decision that the baby squirrel is coming home with me. It didn’t fight me, as I slowly picked it up and I took that as a sign that it didn’t sustain any major damage, like broken bones. At home, I made a small nest out of a towel and left the squirrel alone.

For the next two weeks, the baby squirrel lived with me. It recovered quite fast from what I diagnosed as fatigue. Once it had a good day/night/day sleep it appeared to be a healthy squirrel with lots of energy and big appetite.

As much as I wanted, I couldn’t keep it indefinitely. I lived in a fairly small apartment with hardly any light. And definitely no backyard, that the squirrel could have enjoyed. Eventually, I took it to Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation. I was promised they’ll take good care of the baby squirrel and will release it into the wild once it was ready.

Baby Grey Squirrel

Baby Grey Squirrel sleeping

Baby Grey Squirrel in my hands

Baby Grey Squirrel sitting on my hand

Baby Grey Squirrel and me

Baby Grey Squirrel eating

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