Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Clumsy and unskilled

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2018
    Location
    Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.
    Posts
    148
    Thanked: 69

    Default Clumsy and unskilled

    My baby Rhea tried jumping to me today from a tall place only 3.5 feet away and this poor baby missed by a good bit and fell on the floor... She's not hurt, but I am worried about her athletic abilities or lack thereof. She is the same baby who busted her face presumably from falling on it. Can she learn to be better or is her depth perception permantly off?? What does this mean for her potential for release?

    Other notes: she is slow for a squirrel, literally slow. My other baby and the one before have been lightning fast, but she never zooms around that fast, even when she is playful and excited. She is a very small girl. I haven't weighed her in a while, but she was a runt and seems to have peaked out around the size of a younger squirrel.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    East Coast, USA!
    Posts
    17,474
    Thanked: 7861

    Default Re: Clumsy and unskilled

    Can you post up a photo of her? What is her current age? Have you examined her eyes (do her pupils react to light, does she track treats with both eyes?)?
    The adventures of Sir Max and Explorer Millie!
    https://thesquirrelboard.com/forums/...e-the-Explorer!

    See my wild squirrel adventures in the thread "Squirtle's yard!":
    https://thesquirrelboard.com/forums/...quirtle-s-Yard!

    See the sisters Pip and Nip!
    https://thesquirrelboard.com/forums/...-(Pip-and-Nip)!

    “You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.”
    --Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

  3. 4 TSBers pass along the fuzzy thanks to TubeDriver:

    island rehabber (01-29-2019), lennysmom (01-29-2019), Mel1959 (01-29-2019), Nancy in New York (01-29-2019)

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Location
    East coast of Florida
    Posts
    4,640
    Thanked: 6048

    Default Re: Clumsy and unskilled

    A photo would be very helpful. She could have some dwarf characteristics or she may just take longer to mature. Either way, be very careful about giving her the opportunity to jump, she could really hurt herself.

  5. Serious fuzzy thank you's to Mel1959 from:

    island rehabber (01-29-2019)

  6. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2018
    Location
    Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.
    Posts
    148
    Thanked: 69

    Default Re: Clumsy and unskilled

    Quote Originally Posted by TubeDriver View Post
    Can you post up a photo of her? What is her current age? Have you examined her eyes (do her pupils react to light, does she track treats with both eyes?)?
    Name:  image.jpg
Views: 40
Size:  80.7 KBName:  image.jpg
Views: 40
Size:  93.3 KB

    She is five and a half months almost, having been born close to August 18.

    She only weighs 398g, but she has a good appetite and is not picky with foods. She seems to see fine, but her depth perception may be lacking? Yes she tracks very wel. I haven't paid too close attention to her pupils, but I will check it out.
    Attached Images Attached Images  

  7. 4 TSBers pass along the fuzzy thanks to SquirrelDad:

    GoldenEyes (01-30-2019), lukaslolamaus (01-30-2019), SammysMom (01-30-2019), TubeDriver (01-30-2019)

  8. #5
    SammysMom's Avatar
    SammysMom is offline Administrator, Conn. Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    New Haven, CT
    Posts
    30,558
    Thanked: 10639

    Default Re: Clumsy and unskilled

    Lordy! She is precious!!!
    Squirrels, squirrels and more squirrels....
    Prayers for the people who make this a better world...
    savesquirrels@sbcglobal.net



  9. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2018
    Location
    Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.
    Posts
    148
    Thanked: 69

    Default Re: Clumsy and unskilled

    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1959 View Post
    A photo would be very helpful. She could have some dwarf characteristics or she may just take longer to mature. Either way, be very careful about giving her the opportunity to jump, she could really hurt herself.
    Yes, thank you! There is nothing taller than 4 feet she can jump from and I think she has learned now she can't jump far enough to reach everything ! She did try and fell a few times from a short distance. This is not an uncommon thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by SammysMom View Post
    Lordy! She is precious!!!
    Definitely! thank you. I love this precious child.

    She is actually very sweet for a squirrel. Affectionate and clingy with me. She does play with her claws and teeth, but I can tell a difference between her and the other two. She is a late bloomer at the very least.

  10. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    East Coast, USA!
    Posts
    17,474
    Thanked: 7861

    Default Re: Clumsy and unskilled

    She is a cutie!

    She might just need some extra time to catch up. In the meantime, try to add some padding (extra carpet, some beach blankets et etc) to places where she could jump, miss and fall a distance or hit a hard floor. This will reduce the chances if injury, especially to her teeth (squirrels sometimes land facefirst).


    What does her regular diet consist off?
    The adventures of Sir Max and Explorer Millie!
    https://thesquirrelboard.com/forums/...e-the-Explorer!

    See my wild squirrel adventures in the thread "Squirtle's yard!":
    https://thesquirrelboard.com/forums/...quirtle-s-Yard!

    See the sisters Pip and Nip!
    https://thesquirrelboard.com/forums/...-(Pip-and-Nip)!

    “You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.”
    --Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

  11. Serious fuzzy thank you's to TubeDriver from:

    SquirrelDad (01-30-2019)

  12. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2018
    Location
    Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.
    Posts
    148
    Thanked: 69

    Default Re: Clumsy and unskilled

    Quote Originally Posted by TubeDriver View Post
    She is a cutie!

    She might just need some extra time to catch up. In the meantime, try to add some padding (extra carpet, some beach blankets et etc) to places where she could jump, miss and fall a distance or hit a hard floor. This will reduce the chances if injury, especially to her teeth (squirrels sometimes land facefirst).


    What does her regular diet consist off?
    There is a very soft carpet in our room! She only falls when jumping, so I'm not worried about the cage. She only goes in there at night or when I need to leave her unattended.

    She eats 2-3 Henry's healthy blocks a day and some bits of veggies, fruit, sometimes pumpkin or other seeds, and occasionally a hazelnut or two, but not every day because she does hide them. Also sometimes whole fat yogurt and coconut oil on her blocks when she needs to gain weight.

  13. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2018
    Location
    Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.
    Posts
    148
    Thanked: 69

    Default Re: Clumsy and unskilled

    Update:
    While she does track treats when I move it from side to side, she can't follow it if I drop it into a bag. She can't seem to see it inside the bag either when I try to show her. Her pupils don't appear to dilate, for instance when moving her from a shadow to having sunlight on her eye and she doesn't seem to notice it either. I can do some more tests, just let me know your ideas! I have a rope climbing area for her to practice balance. She has been not too interested in it, but is slowly warming up to it. I have yet to see her jump more than about three feet vertical or horizontal.

  14. #10
    SammysMom's Avatar
    SammysMom is offline Administrator, Conn. Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    New Haven, CT
    Posts
    30,558
    Thanked: 10639

    Default Re: Clumsy and unskilled

    Be very careful with climbing/jumping activities if her vision is compromised.
    Squirrels, squirrels and more squirrels....
    Prayers for the people who make this a better world...
    savesquirrels@sbcglobal.net



  15. Serious fuzzy thank you's to SammysMom from:

    SquirrelDad (02-04-2019)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •