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    Default Friendly Wild is limping

    The wild girl that I feed is limping. She was sitting on a low branch hunched over a bit, when she came down the tree to see me she was not using her front right leg. It is definitely swollen.

    I'm pretty confident I can catch her. Could someone take a look at the photos and video and let me know if you think it warrants a vet visit?

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    Clear packing tape around feeding syringes will keep the scale from rubbing off!

    Pardon my typos, I'm mostly here on my phone.

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    If you have a safe vet it wouldnít hurt to have an X-ray done. Most times, even if itís a break, itíll heal on its own. The question once itís healed is the level of use sheíll have.

    She will undoubtedly be mad at you if you trap her, but they get over it.

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    Default Re: Friendly Wild is limping

    I do have a safe vet who has a lot of experience with wild squirrels, it's just an hour drive and usually a 3 hour round trip.

    Wild girl has wandered off for now, but I'm keeping an eye out. I'm hoping I'll be able to just lure her into the travel cage with snacks if i need to.

    A couple more pictures from the videos I took. I can't tell if the forearm is actually crooked or if it just looks that way because of the swelling and color pattern.
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    Default Re: Friendly Wild is limping

    Itís really hard to say. I had a wild that was not using a front arm. We caught it and took it to the vet. The X-ray showed a break, but she thought it was from being shot with something. She didnít set it because it had already begun to heal. The leg ended up being slightly shorter than the other, but was fully useable.

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    Default Re: Friendly Wild is limping

    This happens pretty often with my wilds, including ones I raised and released. About 95% of the time, they heal up without help. It often takes a 1-2 weeks. I make food and water available so they don't have to forage as much, it helps them to heal.

    Trapping and bringing to a vet will get you an exact answer (bite, sprain, fracture etc) but is also risky and traumatic for the squirrel.

    My advice would be to give food and water and watch carefully. You should start to see improvement in a week or two.
    See my wild squirrel adventures in the thread "Squirtle's yard!":
    https://thesquirrelboard.com/forums/...quirtle-s-Yard!

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    Normally I would not even consider taking a wild to the vet but this girl eats out of my hand and let's me pet her - she would do better than most. But I talked to my vet today and they are so booked that they wouldn't be able to take a walk in. I can't very well schedule an appointment since I dont know when or if I'll be able to catch her.

    So, I'll just keep an eye on her. I've put food and water out. She's using the hurt foot to help balance her food but not holding with it - had some trouble with kale this morning, but does fine with seeds. Normally she gets on our bird feeder once or twice a day, and I get her off the feeder by putting some seed on the ground under the patio table for her. So she knows where I put food. (Everytime I go check on her she looks to see if I have anything.)
    I offered broccoli this morning with the kale, which she has eaten before, but I dont think she had any. I may put some butternut squash out too. Just looking for something to give her other than nuts and seeds.
    Refuses homemade blocks, even with a little peanut butter on them. My neighbors have pecan trees so she's use to those, I've given her a couple of halves since I don't know if she can shell anything.

    She is hunkering down in the fork of my giant oak tree to rest/sleep. There is a vacant bird nest box on the side of the house that something chewed open the hole on, I thought rats as it seems a little small for a squirrel. I took it down, cleaned it out, put some cloth in it, and hung it up on the tree right by the fork for her. She looked at it but didn't go in.
    (There's a german word - Verschlimmbesserung - for when you try to fix something and just make it worse.)
    And then she went across the yard, up a little shrub, and was looking at where that nest box had been hanging. So apparently she chewed it open and was using it. I put all of the dry grass etc back in it and put it back where it was, hopefully she will look for it there again.
    I dont have any other nest boxes for squirrels but I'll try to make some more sheltered spaces for her around the yard. It's not cold here yet but it is supposed to rain later this week.

    Being an animal person is a pain sometimes.

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