...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

Pre-Arrival Guide

How to Keep Baby Safe Until
You Can Get to a Rehabber

1. Don't squirrelnap the baby.
Sometimes small wildlife could seem orphaned when they are not. (Below is some information explaining why this could happen.)  Watch the baby from a distance (out of sight) and monitor it to see if the parent(s) returns.  If the parent doesen't return, the baby could need your help.  If the baby is injured, it probably does need your help.
2. Act Quickly.
Time is one thing orphans don't have.  If the parent doesn't return or the baby is injured, act quickly to get help.  Do NOT feed the baby.  Call a rehabber in your area to see how to get the baby to safety.  If you're in the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area in Florida, please call me. (904) 343-5554  I'll ask some questions to find out how I can best assist.
3. Keep the little one warm.
If the babie's eyes aren't open yet, it most likely can't regulate its body temperature yet, and it needs to be kept warm.  Putting the orphan inside a box with blankets and a warm rice buddy can help keep it warm while you're finding assistance. You could also put half of the box on a heating pad on low heat to help keep the baby warm.  (Keeping only half of the box on the heating pad allows the baby to move away from the heat if it happens to get too warm.)
Reasons why the wild baby could be alone
that do NOT require human intervention
  • Parent(s) could be:
    • Searching for food
    • Searching for a new drey/dray (nest)
    • Transporting the babies one at a time to a new drey
    • Hiding because something frightened them
    • Staying away until you leave

  • The baby could be:
    • Wandering
    • Playing
    • Taking care of itself because it is old enough to be on its own (Some babies can leave home when they are four weeks old; this is not the case for squirrels.)

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Serving Florida in Jacksonville,
Saint Augustine, and the surrounding areas