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    Default Questions reguarding a Chipmunk

    On June 13th I was out disk gulfing and noticed a Chipmunk on the ground. He was moving very slow and would go in circles with his head tilted only making it a very little distance going straight. I was going to just let nature take its course but I felt bad knowing he had very little chance in his condition. I decided I was going to take him home and after 24 hrs I was going to find a rehabber to take care of him. After having no luck at finding anyone I decided I was going to try and keep him. Ive had previous experience with wild life but never chipmunks, so I did a lot of research and reached out to a lady I knew rehabbed squirrels (she was unable to take him and eventually just didn't message back). She suggested that he has bugs in his ears probably and to get kitten ear mite drops to use. I did and would put them in once a day and his ears did perk up after. But i stopped after about 4 days cause his hair behind one ear started to fall out and i was worried it was irritating him.

    I ended up putting him in a hamster cage with pine bedding/grass and a Stick to climb onto a sunning area for him. I fed him a diet of: sunflower seeds, acorns, raisins, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, apple slices, orange slices, crickets, wax worms, and various bugs.
    He never would drink from the water bottle or the dish of water I left from him, so i got a syringe and would drip a sugar water on the cage bottom and on his paws and he would suck it up. Then i moved to normal water dong the same.

    Now he is very quick and good at climbing he also will not let us hand feed him or by him any more. He will eat the food I leave still though. He is still doing circles but quicker and other movements are more controlled. I feel like he needs to be released but not sure 100% was looking for someone more experienced opinion on what to do.
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    Default Re: Questions reguarding a Chipmunk

    Thanks for helping this baby!

    Someone with more knowledge will answer so keep checking back often.

    I would say continue to monitor his improvement. Once he gets back to near normal maybe try to release him back near where you found him.

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    Default Re: Questions reguarding a Chipmunk

    For sure thank you I can also send videos of him I just donít wanna let him go if he isnít ready but I also donít want to feel like Iím hurting him by keeping him.

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    Default Re: Questions reguarding a Chipmunk

    Head tilt and walking in circles indicate head/neck etc. injury. If he's improving try keeping him as he improves.

    There are meds for this type injury but I'm not sure what they are. Hopefully someone will check in and help.

    Video would be great. Of his walking and head tilt if possible. As well as just playing and having fun if you have those.

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    Are you able to upload videos or would I have to email it to someone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haleylynn26 View Post
    Are you able to upload videos or would I have to email it to someone?
    You will have to uipload your video to YouTube or another video service; you can't just post it here the way you can post a photo. If he still circles repeatedly, there is head trauma there. Prednisone is sometimes recommended for such cases....I have not used it myself on any squirrels I have rehabbed, so let me see if I can get another member to weigh in here for you. Thanks for saving him!
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