North East Wildlife Animal Rehabilitation Coalition is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization. We are a group of licensed wildlife rehabilitators, and these are the tales of the injured and orphaned animals we care for until they are able to be released back into the wild.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Surviving a long fall...two unfortunate squirrels come in.

These 2 poor babies came in yesterday from John the Belmont ACO. They had quite a long fall from a tree onto someones deck. Both were quite bloody and have some pretty severe facial trauma. They are on Metacam for the pain and swelling.....of which there is a lot, especially inside the mouths and noses!
This girl has it the worst.
 After getting her cleaned up enough to help her breathing and check the injuries, I'm a little concerned about her mouth and damage to her teeth. The mouth is still quite swollen and painful, but after a long night of stabilizing and re hydrating her, I'm happy to report she finally ate willingly, without letting it dribble out of the side of her mouth. The jaw appears to be moving fine, but everything is still too swollen to see much.
 Her sister, on the other hand, seems to have fared a little better. Most of her swelling is around the sides of her face and her mouth seems fine. Again, once the blood was cleared from her nose, she was also a little more comfortable being able to breathe better. She very eagerly took her syringe this morning and ate very well! They will still have a little trouble due to the swelling and blood inside the nose, but that should clear up and not affect them long term. .

So for now,they are comfortable and prognosis is good on one girl and guarded on the other. But I am encouraged by the fact that they are bright and alert and willing to eat. JoAnn is going to take a look at the mouths. She is a pro with mouth and teeth issues in squirrels and can evaluate it better than I can! Barring anything major that requires a trip to Tufts, hopefully all these girls need is time and TLC!


  1. Thank you SO MUCH for taking in these poor critters from me and working your magic! I am always comforted when I put these little lives in your hands. Thanks so much for all that you do..

  2. I came across your blog and had to comment - what a wonderful job you do! And what wonderful people you are - keep it up! :)

    1. Thank you! It's definitely a labor of love! :)