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    New York
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    Default Squirrel doing "guppy mouthed" breathing VIDEO

    Sometimes "newbies" are concerned when they see their squirrel
    breathe like this video.
    They think they are gagging or have pneumonia.
    I just wanted to post this here so you can see what some squirrels,
    for some unexplained reason, do when they eat.
    This is only when they
    eat, and it is very difficult to continue feeding, but nothing to be concerned about.
    Sometimes blowing in their face will break this trance, or sometimes you have
    to just be patient and let it work itself out.
    Either way, do not try to rush the feeding as that will cause aspiration.
    These little ones take a lot of patience but they are SO worth it.
    Last edited by Nancy in New York; 10-13-2014 at 03:55 PM.

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    Default Re: Squirrel doing "guppy mouthed" breathing VIDEO

    Ive read several posts about this. Viewing the video, it struck me that this baby is trying to NURSE! Is that it?
    What a little cutie!!!!

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    Default Re: Squirrel doing "guppy mouthed" breathing VIDEO

    My little Larry would get into a nursing trance. It was definitely scarey for me being a newbie and first time squirrel mama. This board was wonderful and answered a lot of my questions. Thanks to all the pros! Looking forward to the gathering of the nuts! And hope to meet a lot of ya.

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    Default Re: Squirrel doing "guppy mouthed" breathing VIDEO

    My little Southern Flying Squirrel, Akiva, has done this on occasion while I feed her. If I put in one drop at a time in the side of her mouth while she did this the formula would still go down. I found it very hard not to laugh at her while she did it. I don't know why but I found it very adorable and funny at the same time!

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    Default Re: Squirrel doing "guppy mouthed" breathing VIDEO

    Most of the time it's not a problem....only if they do it so consistently that they are not actually swallowing any formula.
    Island Rehabber
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    Wildlife Rehabilitator

    "Ancora Imparo" (I am still learning)

    If you can't afford the vet,
    You can't afford a pet.

    "Better one day in the trees, than a lifetime in a cage."

    '...and the greatest of these, is Love. '

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