This is one of our 6 baby squirrels having one of its milk feeds. He is just over 3 weeks old and has to be fed every 4 hours with puppy milk called Esbilac. We use this milk formula as the lactose in cow’s milk affects their digestive system. All 6 squirrels are thriving and have settled in well at the hospital.
Due to them being born later in the year they will probably have to spend the winter in a specialised squirrel aviary. Since there is a lack of available food during winter squirrels spend a lot of time leading up to this collecting and burying food, this is called ‘caching’. If the temperatures get very low then squirrels are less active to conserve energy and only venture out to get their food. Fortunately, here at HART Wildlife we have a squirrel license so this enables us to rehabilitate them and release them when the weather is appropriate.