Wildlife rehabilitation center dealing with lots of baby squirrels

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — It’s a fact that baby squirrels are adorable. But trying to help a squirrel that has fallen out of a nest could do more harm than good.

“Our nursery is filling up quickly with these sweet faces,” the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center said. “Just a reminder, it is very dangerous for baby squirrels to be fed anything by an untrained hand.”

The Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center said baby squirrels should be given the chance to reunite with mom.

A baby squirrel can be wrapped in a loose T-shirt and a heat source such as a rice sock or hot water bottle, can be provided, but the baby squirrel should not be fed.

“More often than not, the squirrel is left in worse condition than they would have been had they not been given food or water,” officials said.

The squirrel could bloat or go into shock and it’s easy for baby animals to inhale food or liquid into their lungs.

“If you have a squirrel that you have fed, it is important to get it to a licensed rehabilitator as soon as possible!” officials urged.