Posted by John Fasoldt on 6:50:26 6/14/2014 from 220.127.116.11:
In reply to: Squirrel droppings - orphans survivability? posted by Jack on 1:55:47 6/14/2014 from 18.104.22.168:
They poop a lot because of the conditions they are in and their mental state. And best not to handle ANY wild animal. They all harbor a multitude of diseases, no matter how cute they are. They make TERRIBLE pets, rambunctious critters, they'll tear your house up. But they are cute. To keep them as a pet you have to have them neutered and get shots, just like any dog or cat. But they'll still tear up the house, more and more, as they get older.
You really have two choices: either put her down and see if you can get to the pups, or let her go and let her rear the pups until they leave - which sometimes they don't do.... Then you're faced with 3, 4, 5 or 6 squirrels entering, or TRYING to enter the structure. Cause fo alarm, I say.
If you put her down, the pups will certainly die, unweaned. Most of the time you don't notice a "smell," but depending on where they are and how your house is built, is the deciding factor.
When you let her go to wean, squirrels will always look first for a place such as they were born and brought up in - just like us! So your trapping efforts may double or triple (or even more) in the years ahead.
My vote is generally to put her down and risk the smell factor. With babies, there isn't a whole lot of body mass, so you might not smell anything. They will mummify up there. Quickly, in the summer. That will save you the efforts of trying to trap mom& kids later on....
Oh, and BTW, if you take her somewhere else, even if it's in the middle of a forest, she won't be accepted in a new territory and will probably die anyway. Usually, they search out another structure to live in where there are no squirrels.
Take your pick lol. Mom was probably raised in a structure herself, somewhere. Maybe next door!
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