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    The last I posted on Mays thread was the end of April. Her two babies had ventured out of the nest box. I think she avoided getting pregnant after she weaned them, but they still sleep with her in a larger nest box.....and she seems fine with that.

    Last weekend May was in the garage hanging out so I thought maybe she was building a nest like before. She took some in shell pecans from me, didnít eat them, but hid them in the garage. Monday and Tuesday I didnít see her all day which is very unusual. She usually comes when called for a treat and her milk. Last night I climbed the ladder to her box and she was inside. She drank 21ccís of formula, but wouldnít take her block...again unusual. Today I went up the ladder to her box, gave her an out of shell pecan and watched her eating. She appears to be having some trouble opening her jaw. She used her bottom teeth to take off pieces of the pecan but wouldnít eat all of it. She then climbed higher in the tree and sat there, occasionally in a head down position. I watched her do some chewing with nothing in her mouth and then wipe the sides of her mouth on the tree limb several times.

    I just took some boo balls, avocado and fresh corn up the tree to her. She took two pieces of avocado, and ate them but couldnít seem to open her mouth wide enough to take the piece of corn. 🙁

    I seriously doubt I can catch her unless I block the holes of her nest box, in which case Iíll probably get her....and her two boys. . At the present time i donít have a second set of hands, my husbandís gone for another 7 weeks.

    Several weeks ago I saw her fall from the tree, about 10-11 ft, and land on the pavers. She landed on her belly and got up and ran off. She was eating and running fine after that. She is still moving fine and jumps from tree to tree, but is definitely not chasing anyone!

    Any ideas or thoughts are appreciated. I have metacam and tramadol, as well as antibiotics, but at this point I donít know what Iíd be treating.

    If I could capture her I could get her up to Dr. E, but I know sheís gone till July some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1959 View Post
    The last I posted on Mays thread was the end of April. Her two babies had ventured out of the nest box. I think she avoided getting pregnant after she weaned them, but they still sleep with her in a larger nest box.....and she seems fine with that.

    Last weekend May was in the garage hanging out so I thought maybe she was building a nest like before. She took some in shell pecans from me, didnít eat them, but hid them in the garage. Monday and Tuesday I didnít see her all day which is very unusual. She usually comes when called for a treat and her milk. Last night I climbed the ladder to her box and she was inside. She drank 21ccís of formula, but wouldnít take her block...again unusual. Today I went up the ladder to her box, gave her an out of shell pecan and watched her eating. She appears to be having some trouble opening her jaw. She used her bottom teeth to take off pieces of the pecan but wouldnít eat all of it. She then climbed higher in the tree and sat there, occasionally in a head down position. I watched her do some chewing with nothing in her mouth and then wipe the sides of her mouth on the tree limb several times.

    I just took some boo balls, avocado and fresh corn up the tree to her. She took two pieces of avocado, and ate them but couldnít seem to open her mouth wide enough to take the piece of corn. 🙁

    I seriously doubt I can catch her unless I block the holes of her nest box, in which case Iíll probably get her....and her two boys. . At the present time i donít have a second set of hands, my husbandís gone for another 7 weeks.

    Several weeks ago I saw her fall from the tree, about 10-11 ft, and land on the pavers. She landed on her belly and got up and ran off. She was eating and running fine after that. She is still moving fine and jumps from tree to tree, but is definitely not chasing anyone!

    Any ideas or thoughts are appreciated. I have metacam and tramadol, as well as antibiotics, but at this point I donít know what Iíd be treating.

    If I could capture her I could get her up to Dr. E, but I know sheís gone till July some time.
    All that you describe either points to teeth or a mouth/jaw injury.
    When she fell on the pavers she could have banged her mouth or jaw misaligning her teeth
    or sustained a fracture.
    She definitely needs to be captured and evaluated.
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    I went out this morning to get the RC set up with a cube and bedding in the box because my daughter was coming this afternoon to help me trap May. I climbed the ladder with some food, tapped on her box, but she wasnít inside. I put a bowl of avocado, boo balls, corn and wild bites out for everyone and went in the house. When I came out a few minutes later May was sitting on the feeding station eating a piece of avocado and then grabbed a wild bite and went up the tree . Itís the first Iíve seen her willingly come down in days. At this point Iím going to watch her over the next couple of days before I proceed with trapping. No need to stress her if itís not necessary.

    Different topicóó-I would like to know if anyone that has/had a female released squirrel that has stuck around and had babies has noticed that it seems like a couple of weeks after being impregnated they hole up and act like they donít feel good, similar to morning sickness in humans. I donít believe May has mated recently, but I have noticed that with her previous two litters she would spend a lot of time just laying on her nest box porch or roof shortly after mating. It also seemed like she didnít like jumping up into my hand or onto my leg to get a nut...she wanted me to hand it to her. I could be way off base here and thereís no correlation, itís just something Iíve observed.

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    I took May to see Dr. E today. Both top teeth are broken off but the roots are good so Dr. E expects them to regrow with no problem. She did a slight trim of the lowers and I will take May back in 2 weeks for another trim before releasing her again. It looks like sheís going to get some R & R in the release cage for the next two weeks so I can give her soft foods and formula.

    Dr. E also said sheís pregnant with two babies. . For that reason she would not prescribe I hope sheís not in much pain.

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    Poor little girl, hopefully she's not in too much pain
    More babies , May is such a busy mama

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    I can tell that May is feeling better and sheís using her teeth better. I feel awful that she has 5 more days before we return to Dr. Eís for a follow up. She is anxious to get out of the RC and back with her boys. They hang out outside of the RC and wonder why mom isnít able to come out and sleep with them.

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    Well, while waiting to take May back to see Dr. E for another bottom teeth trimming before release, I just discovered that she has had her babies in the RC. . She keeps taking them out of the cube and clearly wants out of the RC to take them up into the nest box in the tree. I think she has now moved them to the nest box in the RC. Obviously, I donít think itís a good idea to traumatize her and take her back up to see Dr. E. So whatís the best thing to do? Open the portal and let her move them to one of the nest boxes in the tree? Or wait a little bit before doing that?

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    Default Re: Something going on with May

    May with one of her new babies.

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    I heard back from Dr. E. Her advice was to keep May in the release cage and bring her up to her for a tooth exam in a couple of weeks. I added her nest box that she used in the tree to the RC and she seems more comfortable with that than the other two options she had in the RC. She is being very tolerant of me invading her space and being in close proximity to her babies. Sheís doing a little teeth chattering, but thatís it.

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    WOW! Thatís awesome.

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    Much too cute to keep it sideways.
    I'll turn the one in your post too.

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