...and other wild and exotic mammal babies.

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We care for and rehabilitate orphaned and injured wildlife and exotic animals.  Please call us if you need help with a squirrel or other mammal.  We're happy to take them in at no charge to you. We love the babies and will make sure they get the care they need so they can go back to their homes in the wild.

904-343-5554

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Q

    What is a squirrel's nest called?

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    A drey (or dray) is a nest of a tree squirrel or flying squirrel. Dreys are usually built of twigs, dry leaves, and grass. It is typically built in the fork of a tree.
  2. Q

    What is a group of squirrels called?

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    A group of squirrels are called a drey (because most groups are made up of the mother squirrel and her babies) or a scurry. Here at the hotel, we call them a scurry. If you ever get a chance to come to visit, you'll understand why!
  3. Q

    Do the squirrels at your hotel ever bite you?

    A

    If you approach a wild squirrel, you want to be very careful. The babies here at the hotel get used to us after a while and they don't bite with the intent to hurt us. They do bite when they play, so sometimes we do get an accidental nip. And, we DEFINITELY get scratched sometimes. We are their trees, so if our skin isn't protected, their razor-sharp claws accidentally cut us. It's a job hazard we're willing to accept. We call the scratches "squirrel love" because a scratch just means they love and trust you enough to run around on you.
  4. Q

    Do you release all of the orphans?

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    We certainly try to! Our goal is to rehabilitate and release all of our hotel guests. We take all of the precautions we can to get the baby adjusted to the outside during pre-release, keep enough food outside as they acclimate to their new life, and watch them go into their wild squirrel world (and hope they return from time-to-time to tell us they are doing great).
  5. Q

    How did you get started as a rehabber?

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    My first baby came from a friend who found a baby that needed help, and we took her in. Our goal is to help as many babies as we can. We keep track of the boarding days and the number of guests because I never want to forget even one of them. Please note that you must have a rehabilitation license (or work under someone who has a license) to rehabilitate wildlife.
  6. Q

    How do you tell your squirrels apart?

    A

    I have to admit that I sometimes cannot tell them apart. If we're lucky, one will have a darker stripe on it's nose or will be a different size. Most of the time, though, I can tell only by personality. I know my babies by how the act around me. Scooby and Scrappy are my boys that are easiest to identify. They have special, identical markings, but were named because of their personalities. I can tell them apart because Scoobie will still jump on me for a treat. Scrappy will take a treat from my hand, but has a "no touch" rule. He's too scrappy for love!
  7. Q

    Where to you get your hotel guests?

    A

    We almost always get squirrels after a bad storm. Sometimes dogs or other animals get the babies, and they need help. Other times we get after their tree is cut down. No matter what the situation, we help evaluate whether the mother is going to come back. Once we find out the little one is truly orphaned, we rescue and rehabilitate the baby(s). If it is a singleton (single squirrel) we work with other rehabbers to get the baby with other orphans so they become a well-formed scurry and watch out for each other once they have been released.
  8. Q

    Are squirrels social animals?

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    The answer to this depends on who you ask. Researchers say they are NOT social because they live in individual dreys (nests). However, I have a different opinion. I believe they are quite secretly social. They snuggle to get warm, have a language that they speak loudly and clearly in the trees, and, from my experience, every squirrel I've ever had here at the hotel has LOVED to get snuggles and love. While they don't live together like Prairie Dogs (who are EXTREMELY social), I do believe they are social in their own, special way.
  9. Q

    What is the most rewarding part of being a rehabber?

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    It's all rewarding! Even getting up in the middle of the night and feeding the little ones is rewarding when they drink their milk, go into their milk coma, and fall asleep in your arms. The most rewarding part, though, is when they come back after release and check in to let you know they are okay. Sometimes I can call Scoobie, and he'll come soon after--sometimes. It's an amazing feeling to know the babies are alive and in the trees simply because I took the opportunity to be their human momma.
  10. Q

    What is your biggest challenge?

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    Our biggest challenge is being able to go on vacation! You can't just pack up all of the squirrels and check into a hotel! Likewise, you can't ask just anyone to drive here to feed a scurry of squirrels and allow them to run all over them. Whether we have 1 squirrel or 10 staying at the hotel, our biggest challenge is being able to leave for longer than a few hours (when we have young ones) or longer than a day (when they are weaned and waiting to go to the trees).

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