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From Rescue To Rehab – The Story Of Earl The Squirrel

From Rescue To Rehab – The Story Of Earl The Squirrel

Sometimes, you just find yourself in the right place at the right time.

When a baby Earl, the Squirrel, fell out of a tree with a squeak, his chances of surviving were incredibly slim.

Eyes still sealed and just barely dusted with a thin coat of fur, it wasn’t long before ants began to swarm over him, ready to make a fast meal of his tiny body.

Luckily, a little boy found him, put him in a shoebox and gave him a name. His family passed him off to their friend, Kim, knowing that she loved animals and would give Earl the best chance of survival.

Kim took Earl home and began to take care of him right away.

She created a nutritious, calorie-rich formula using infant cereal, applesauce, and baby formula. The watery mixture came out in manageable drops through a child’s medicine syringe fitted with rubber tubing. Every 2-4 hours, Earl filled his tiny belly with the nourishing formula.

After mealtimes, Kim massaged Earl’s belly and genital area with a warm rag to imitate the sensation of his mother licking him to encourage him to relieve himself.Baby Earl The Rescued Squirrel

In three days, Earl opened his eyes for the first time. The first thing he saw was his adoptive mom, who took care of him around the clock.

In a few short weeks, Earl made himself a part of the family. He raced around the house, darting around the couch, weaving under a chair, clambering up the windowsill, and back, “like a marathon,” Kim says. He even played with toys, stalking and “attacking” them as a cat would.

Earl even had a feline sibling who loved to chase him, but Earl wasn’t scared – he chased that cat right back.

Earl ran around, explored, and Kim took him everywhere – shopping and to visit friends – but no matter what, he wouldn’t go far. Earl would always return to her and climb up her leg for a snuggle.

He began to eat solid foods like nuts, carrots, bananas, and oranges. Once, Kim offered him a bite of a burger, but he wouldn’t take it – he’s a strict health nut!

As Earl got bigger and grew a warm coat of fur, Kim began to let him spend time outside so he could get fresh air in the safety of his cage, and then brought him inside at night when the air grew chilly.

When he was about 8 months old, Earl began to escape the cage and go on adventures for a week or two, and then he would return home.

Kim was a worrying mother. She worried that Earl would get into fights, hit by a car, or roam too far from home.

But it was clear to her that he was still very much a wild animal, and he was ready to start his life on his own.

Now, Earl spends all of his time climbing trees, gnawing bark to wear down his ever-growing front teeth, and more than likely has a few litters of his own with local female squirrels.

At three years old, Earl always stops by to visit his “mom” to let her know that he’s safe – and to get his daily snack of pecans!

Kim’s advice to anyone who finds a tiny animal in need of help – “just pick it up and give it a chance. You never know what could happen!”


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Which Small Pets Need To Be Kept In Pairs, And Which Are Best Housed Alone?

Which Small Pets Need To Be Kept In Pairs, And Which Are Best Housed Alone?

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How To Choose Between Grain-Free And Grain-Inclusive Pet Food

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Why You Should Adopt A Pet From A Shelter

Why You Should Adopt A Pet From A Shelter

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Find The Right Pet Bird Species For You!

Find The Right Pet Bird Species For You!

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How To Dehydrate Your Own Healthy Pet Treats

How To Dehydrate Your Own Healthy Pet Treats

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Voluntary Recall Of Dave’s Pet Food ‘Beef Canned Dog Food’ Due To Elevated Thyroid Hormone

Voluntary Recall Of Dave’s Pet Food ‘Beef Canned Dog Food’ Due To Elevated Thyroid Hormone

June 13, 2018 – Dave’s Pet Food of Agawam, MA is voluntarily recalling one lot of ‘Dave’s Dog Food’ 95% premium beef cans due to potentially elevated levels of beef thyroid hormones. When dogs have consumed high levels of beef thyroid hormone, they may show these symptoms: restlessness, increased heart rate, increased thirst, increased urination frequency… Continue Reading

10 Cool New AKC Recognized Dog Breeds

10 Cool New AKC Recognized Dog Breeds

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Merrick Pet Care Recalls Merrick Backcountry and Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Treats

Merrick Pet Care Recalls Merrick Backcountry and Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Treats

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How To Tell If Your Pets Are At A Healthy Weight

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OC Raw Dog Recalls Freeze Dried Sardines Because Of The Potential To Cause Botulism

OC Raw Dog Recalls Freeze Dried Sardines Because Of The Potential To Cause Botulism

April 20, 2018 – OC Raw Dog, LLC of California is recalling its OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines product because of the potential to cause botulism. The fish have exceeded the FDA compliance guideline for fish larger than 5 inches. The FDA has determined that salt-cured, dried, or fermented un-eviscerated fish larger than 5 inches have… Continue Reading

Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Dog Food Recall

Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Dog Food Recall

April 16, 2018 – Carnivore Meat Company is voluntarily recalling two of its Vital Essentials freeze-dried dog foods because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the contaminated products and humans are also at risk when handling the products, especially if you don’t wash your hands thoroughly with soap afterward. [View All… Continue Reading

K9 Natural Ltd Voluntarily Recalls Imported Dog Food Due To Listeria

K9 Natural Ltd Voluntarily Recalls Imported Dog Food Due To Listeria

April 14, 2018 – K9 Natural Ltd is voluntarily recalling 4 batches of its K9 Natural Frozen Chicken Feast, which were imported into the US in June 2017, due to a potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can affect animals eating the contaminated products and humans are also at risk after handling the products, especially… Continue Reading

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What To Include In Your Pets’ Emergency Kits

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Steve’s Real Food Voluntarily Recalls Raw Frozen Dog Food Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Steve’s Real Food Voluntarily Recalls Raw Frozen Dog Food Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

March 3, 2018 – Steve’s Real Food is voluntarily recalling one lot of 5lb Raw Frozen Dog Food Turkey Canine Recipe due to possible Salmonella contamination. Salmonella can affect animals eating the contaminated products and humans are also at risk when handling the products, especially if you don’t wash your hands thoroughly with soap afterward. [View… Continue Reading