Make sure the baby squirrel is an orphan
If the baby is found clinging to or within several feet of a dead adult squirrel, that baby is likely orphaned, since baby squirrels only receive care from their mother.
However, it is also important to keep in mind that several squirrel mothers can nest close together. This means that even though a dead squirrel was found in the general area (such as down the street but not right near the baby), it may not be related to the baby you have found. If there is any uncertainty, you should try to reunite the baby with its mother before seeking help.
Choose the appropriate scenario
- The baby was found very close to the dead adult. This baby needs your help. Learn how to contain it.
- A dead adult was seen in the area, but not very close to the baby. Learn how to reunite the baby squirrel with its mother.