A baby squirrel showing any of the following symptoms is NOT healthy and therefore needs help:
(1) Obvious signs of illness or injury like visible wounds, a bloody nose, injured limbs, twitching/shaking, or discharge from its eyes, nose or mouth
(2) Known contact with a cat, even if no injuries or puncture wounds are visible
(3) Bugs or fleas crawling on the baby, or fly larvae clinging to its fur (these look like little grains of white rice)
If the squirrel shows any of these symptoms or you think it may be otherwise sick or injured, you should seek help right away. Injuries must be properly treated by a wildlife rehabilitator, and a baby that has been out of its mother’s care long enough to have bugs crawling on it is likely orphaned. Learn how to get help for injured/orphaned squirrels.
If the baby shows NO symptoms of illness or injury, it may be possible to reunite the baby with its mother. Learn how to resolve common situations with baby squirrels.