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    Default Advice with grey orphan very attached to me!

    Hi, I just wanted some advice please, I have hand reared an orphaned grey squirrel since she was roughly 7 weeks old, she is now coming up to 10 weeks and is weaned and doing brilliantly. However, she has become very attached to me even though I haven't deliberately spent loads of time with her, just the syringe feeds and now that she is very active she has been coming out of her cage to play regularly. I live in the UK and as we are in autumn the weather is very much on the turn and getting pretty cold for a tiny squirrel who has spent the last 3 weeks in a warm house! I am aware of the current legislation and that it is potentially about to be tightened even for rescue centres who rehabilitate greys.

    My question is, will she cope being released when she is so attached to me? My wish would be for her to return to the wild but the timing isn't great particularly with the change in season.

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    Hi,

    Everyone rehabs and releases differently but the prevailing thought here is that we release when the babies are 6 weeks older than your baby is now. We will put them in the release cage at 14 weeks old. Sometimes when a baby is more immature, as singletons often are, we might wait a bit longer, or keep them over the winter and release in the spring. I think 10 weeks old is too young to release.
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    Default Re: Advice with grey orphan very attached to me!

    Ok thanks, so as far as her attachment to me will she be ok being released?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dixie139 View Post
    Ok thanks, so as far as her attachment to me will she be ok being released?
    She should be. Do you have a way to release where you live? This is the kind of little girl who may just stick around and maybe if you are really lucky, will include you in her life. Once they meet other squirrels the wild starts to call and they start to become squirrels.

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    Default Re: Advice with grey orphan very attached to me!

    Yeh I can release her where I live, there is woodland and trees etc around although I am worried about local cats so as much as I would love her to stick around it may be that I need to give her to a wildlife centre to release for me. It's hard to know!

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    Default Re: Advice with grey orphan very attached to me!

    If this is a grey squirrel, a rehabilitation center will euthanize. At 10 weeks old she is a sitting duck for a cat.
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