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    Default Squirrel that falls over.

    Hello,

    I am new to this board.
    I am very thankful to have found it.
    I have a little squirrel that comes around.
    In mid Winter he started coming to the window with patches of missing fur.
    The areas were red and itchy.
    I found the answer here to use ivermectin on walnuts and it worked.
    Thank you!
    He comes daily (he lives in the Oak tree next door) and I give him Fruit and Nut mix bird food along
    with walnuts and shelled peanuts.
    He is beginning to come when he sees me.
    Here is the problem.
    He looks like an otter when going up his tree.
    He also will take a piece of food and sit up and then fall over.
    Is there anything I can do to help him?
    He was here last year as a baby and displayed some "odd" behavior but I wrote it off to him being
    young and not being familiar with the world.
    Now that Spring is here and I can be out and observe him I see he has some problems.
    Thank you,
    Franki

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    Default Re: Squirrel that falls over.

    Can you post a photo of this squirrel?

    That will help the member of this board tremendously in making an assessment of its health.

    How long has this tipping over been occurring?

    One of the developmental stages of growth for a young squirrel is being able to sit up right on just their hind legs. If this squirrel is young enough, that me be source of the problem and in which case the problem will resolve with time. A photo will also help with age assessment.

    However, there could be other issues at play.

    For future references you may want to substitute other foods for the peanuts which are not ideal for squirrels.

    https://www.henryspets.com/healthy-d...pet-squirrels/

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    Default Re: Squirrel that falls over.

    Thank you for the reply and the information on foods.
    He is coming up on a year old. This will be his second Summer.
    I will work on getting a picture or possibly a sort video.

    Last year he was out front looking for food and he was so obviously a baby that I was concerned about
    neighborhood cats. He stayed out front as there is a lot of cover in the form of large evergreen type bushes and trees,
    plus food.
    I would go out to see him and he would only go up the tree about 2 feet and hang sideways with a little odd head tip.
    I could get about 2 feet from him. I attributed it to him just not having life experience but watching
    him now I can see that is not the case.

    Linda

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    Default Re: Squirrel that falls over.

    Quote Originally Posted by Franki View Post
    He is coming up on a year old. This will be his second Summer.
    If he is one year old then it definitely isn't the developmental issue of balancing on hind legs.

    Does he run like a regular squirrel?

    He may have taken a fall as a baby and suffered some nerve damage.

    Yes, a link to a video would be even more helpful. You may have to post it to YouTube. This will help tremendously for members to make an assessment of his condition.

    Giving him food definitely help since he won't have to range so widely to find enough food.

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