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    Hi everyone!
    I saw a sick Grey squirrel in Central Park today. I found her because red tail Hawk was after her. It was raining. She looked definitely distressed and weak. She was skinny and her ears were flapped down. After the hawk left, I tried to feed her with opened walnuts and peanuts but she couldnít open her mouth. She seemed hungry and raised the food to her mouth but she couldnít open it even for small piece of peanuts.
    I didnít see any obvious injury outside her body or disproportional teeth growing outside.
    She took soft boo ball to her den and I left tray of fresh water by her tree.
    Could someone tell me whatís wrong with this squirrel and what can I do to help her?
    Thank you so much.

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    Perhaps tetanus? How did she carry the boo ball?

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    Thank you, CrittaMom!
    I pasted the boo ball on the edge of her tree den, she picked them up by her hand and went in.
    Does tetanus go away?
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    Unfortunately, not on it's own. The attached article has some information:

    https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/de...239&id=4952625

    Nature can be very cruel...

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    Thank you. Not sure what happened to this squirrel to cause this illness but the symptoms fits. Her face seems pulled back and the jaw locked. It is so upsetting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by okamoto_yuki View Post
    Thank you, CrittaMom!
    I pasted the boo ball on the edge of her tree den, she picked them up by her hand and went in.
    Does tetanus go away?
    Poor baby...
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    It might be something other than tetanus, if this is the case than continuing to give soft foods could really help.
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    Thank you, Buddy. I will check her den tomorrow.
    Big snow storm coming in ny this week. Another thing to worry about. It is so tough to be out in the wild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TubeDriver View Post
    It might be something other than tetanus, if this is the case than continuing to give soft foods could really help.
    I will keep checking on her and make her as comfortable as possible.

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    Hate to be a killjoy but this sounds like classic tetanus.
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