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Awww, Hurricane Ike's Tiny Bushy-Tailed Victims Need Help

Awww, Hurricane Ike's Tiny Bushy-Tailed Victims Need Help

It's not just pets that need help in the aftermath of recent hurricanes, over 1,000 baby squirrels are undergoing care in what's best described as a "squirrel neonatal unit". The Houston SPCA still receives 20 to 30 lil ones each day, causing these creatures to far outnumber all of the other animals there.

We’re feeding them puppy formula every three hours. . . . We’ve had a pelican and a couple of seagulls, but we’ve been overwhelmed by the squirrels, said Sharon Schmalz, executive director of the society’s Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center, who explained that this was the height of squirrel birthing season in Texas.

The orphans – many less than three inches long – are hand fed via these nipple-tipped syringes and will remain in the care of volunteers until they reach 12 weeks old. They will then be re-released into their natural habitats, places like rural areas outside city limits or tree-filled suburbs, with newfound strength to frolic freely and leap from limb to limb.


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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
the males get very mean when they are bigger.
Bebeshopper Bebeshopper 8 years
I love squirrels! I've tamed a couple of wild ones that I feed enough to pet them (No, squirrels are not common carriers of rabies). They really seem to like being around people. If I was close enough, I would definitely volunteer to help take care of some of these babies.
Dollylo Dollylo 8 years
How cute is that?!;) That's so good to see that some people care about those little ones after hurricane! ;) bless them :love:
Bksuga Bksuga 8 years
aww thats so sweet, i wonder what was the weirdest animal they ever had brought in after a natural disaster? i cant say a pelican isn't a little weird though.
flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
You go little ones!
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