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Baby squirrel

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Baby squirrels in need

The general rule with squirrels is that it's independent if it's nearly full-sized, has a full tail, and can run, jump and climb. However, it's okay to intervene if a baby squirrel falls from a nest or the entire nest falls from the tree.

If you know the baby squirrel (or nest) fell within the last several hours, give the mother squirrel a chance to retrieve it. If the baby or nest isn't reclaimed within a few hours, you may need to take matters into your own hands. Take steps to keep the orphan warm and call a wildlife rehabilitator.