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    Default Something wrong with one of my backyard friends

    Hi, first time posting here, so apologies if I do it wrong! Also, English as a second language, apologies for any mistakes!

    I was wondering if someone could shed some light on what is going on with one of my backyard squirrel friends.

    Her name is Becky, she is a black squirrel, and about a month ago she showed up with the top of her nose scratched, and with no hair (fur?), basically from the tip of the nose to the forehead. Until three weeks ago, she was doing as normal as the other squirrels, while the scratch healed and the scab started to go away. However, about a week ago, I noticed that her head seemed swollen on the top, like another squirrel someone posted here recently. However, she has a very hard time eating. First she was taking forever to eat a walnut halve. Now she is barely able to pick up a walnut halve from the ground. She bends her neck but it seems stiff? Not sure. Today she nibbled on one a bit, but then got scared and ran away to the nest in the tree. She seems to be sleeping in there with the others. She is able to climb the tree, but not as fast or gracious as her mates.

    Let me know if you have an idea of what may be going on, or if you need more details! I appreciate any insights.

    More details that may be needed/important:
    - Located in southern Ontario, Canada (we just had our first snow)
    - I believe Becky is part of the babies that were born in the Spring, in the tree in my backyard.
    - There are other 4 regulars, all females I think (Buba who had babies later this summer, Chiquitita and Becas, who are Becky's sisters, I'm pretty sure, and Nito, one of Buba's kids). All the others seem to be doing fine.
    - They are wild and independent. I only give them almonds, walnuts, pecans and, sometimes, peanuts. I see them about twice a day (less now as they spend more time in their nests). They come out when I call them/hear my voice.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Default Re: Something wrong with one of my backyard friends


    I'm not sure what could be happening but obviously had an injury from something possibly another squirrel in a fight🤷
    I'd keep supplying food to help her.
    I'm sure others will chime in for more ideas.
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