There’s nothing like starting off the week with a successful wildlife release!
Today one of our Ambulance Drivers had the pleasure of releasing a Red Squirrel back into the wild after spending a week at the JSPCA following a collision with a car.
Last week the young male squirrel was brought to us following a suspected collision with a car in St Peters Valley as he was found in the road.
On examination he was still bright and responsive but a bit wobbly on his legs. He was a good weight and his eyes/ears/teeth/mouth were all ok. He was administered with pain relief to help with any possible pain/swelling/trauma caused from the collision.
The young squirrel was set up in one of our squirrel enclosures in a quiet secluded part of the JSPCA to ensure his contact with humans was as minimal as possible and that noise was kept to a minimum during his recovery.
He was monitored closely on his first day and it was evident by the afternoon he was struggling to eat by himself. The staff carefully syringe fed him with a special Omnivore mix which aims to provide the right nutrients for a debilitated squirrel.
Overnight he was offered, what we call, our ‘Squirrel Spread’. This is a buffet of berries, nuts and fruit purée.
The next day our dedicated clinic team checked on him first thing. He had eaten well by himself overnight but they were also greeted by urine with blood in it.
He was placed under Sedation later that day so one of our veterinary surgeons could take an x-ray of the squirrel to find a reason as to why he was urinating blood.
The x-ray showed that his bladder was intact which was great news. On a more thorough examination of the squirrel it was found he did have some trauma to his penis which would explain the blood seen in his urine. He was to continue with his daily administration of pain relief, his urine output was to be closely monitored and to monitor his appetite.
The clinic team provided the squirrel with the daily care required and ensured they provided the veterinary surgeon with daily updates. A few days later he had an examination by the veterinary surgeon who was very impressed with his recovery. He was moving around his enclosure well, no more blood was seen in his urine and was eating by himself. He was still unable to crack open his hazelnuts by himself so an update was planned for today to see how he was getting on with this.
Over the weekend he was cracking open his hazelnuts all by himself and tucking into them! He had a quick health check by our veterinary surgeon who deemed him fit to release.
We’re sure you will all agree that from the video it is clear to see he was happy to get back in the wild. He didn’t even stop to say goodbye before he hopped, skipped and jumped off into the woods.
A BIG thank you to our clinic and veterinary team for getting this young male Red Squirrel back into the wild following a collision with a car. We are so proud of our JSPCA teams for the dedication they provide to the animals they care for.
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