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Ok, so we have an injured juvenile  squirrel in a crate in the shed. I spotted him wedged between a stone wall and a drainpipe, quivering and obviously terrified. Some youths were 'investigating' him :roll: i warned them off, took the dogs home, and came back out with a crate, towels and leather gauntlets. 

He appears to have an injured  back leg, although it's hard to tell as he is very squirmy. I am taking him to a friend who is a specialist wildlife vet nurse in the morning.

Will report back

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Squirrel!

I found it hard to imagine you having a pet named Squiggle!

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Take him to Tiggywinkles at Haddenham.  I’m guessing about 30 mins away from you.  They are brilliant.  Loads of squirrels.  Largest wildlife hospital in Europe open 24 hours a day 

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Lucky squiggle (that’s what we call them too - what else would you call them?!) to have been found by you. I hope you find someone who can help him, poor little chap. (Good idea in the gauntlets - I should imagine a squiggle is fairly bitey).

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Squiggle was pretty bitey, out of shock, and I was keen to keep a hold on him and get him in the crate. He was very sweet, burrowing under the towels I had put in there.

He seemed to have spent a good enough night in the shed and Tess had a good look at him this morning; he is going to he surgery where she part-times for an xray, and she'll report back. At this stage we're not sure whether it was broken or injured in an attack (dog perhaps) or a fall fro a tree in these high winds... he doesn't make it easy to examine him and we were keen to avoid stressing him. She will give him a whiff of gas to knock him out before the xray.

I'll report back next week when I know more.

Patricia; Haddenham is about 50 mins from me (my sister used to live there) and Tess is only 3 miles, so the easier option, and I know her well, so will get regular updates and have offered to pay for any treatments he might need. She used to work at Tiggywinkles many years ago, and they are very good.

 

13 hours ago, Cat tails said:

Squirrel!

I found it hard to imagine you having a pet named Squiggle!

You are sooo right ;-)

 

Although we once had 2 bunnies named Hunny Bunny and Cupcake - don't EVER let your 9 year old daughter name your pets  :roll: although it gave me some amusement when I took them to the vet and he called out "Hunny Bunny"!

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Yup, never let your children choose pet names! We had the sweetest, tiniest, most adorable dwarf Russian hamster called......Fang!  Embarrassing at the vets when they call out to a packed waiting room 'Fang Franklin, please'. The next one was Bob, not too bad and he was followed by Apple and Pear. YS now has the adorable Syrian, Hugo.

 

Hope your squiggle is OK!

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13 hours ago, The Dogmother said:

Although we once had 2 bunnies named Hunny Bunny and Cupcake - don't EVER let your 9 year old daughter name your pets  :roll: although it gave me some amusement when I took them to the vet and he called out "Hunny Bunny"!

I met a work friend in a feed store yesterday buying stuff for her kids rabbits one of whom is called Simon - really ticked me for some reason!

 

1 hour ago, soapdragon said:

Embarrassing at the vets when they call out to a packed waiting room 'Fang Franklin, please'

Always freaks me out when the vet calls the animals name followed by my surname - I just think it sounds so ridiculous 😂

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YS adores watching The Supervet and it makes me shudder when he calls the animals in and asks for 'Fluffy's mum and dad'! Howevermuch you love your pets you are not related to them!

DM, what can be done for your squiggle's leg if it's broken? Would it be bandaged/splinted?

 

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Not sure at this stage Soapy; Tess has use of the facilities at the vet where she works, and can use the xray etc when needed. The vet will also donate treatment time within reason, so we will see.

It codul be a birth defect or even an old injury. I will text her this evening and hopefully have something to report back

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I quite like how the lovely Noel calls patients owners mum and dad, Soapdragon. In some cases they see themselves as that. My daughter has had two transplants and her body couldn’t cope with pregnancy and her little doggie is her ‘ baby ‘ . On the phone we get full run down of his day and sleeps etc. For me my dogs are well , dogs and while I love them to bits they are dogs and I would think long and hard before putting them through most of the big surgeries Noel does. But for some mummies and daddies their little pets are their world. Hope squirrel is coping with vets.

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Well, sadly, she (it was female) didn't make it - she had a severe pelvic fracture and had to be PTS :sad: she was free from pain through the weekend though and had a tummy full of nuts, so a relatively peaceful and dignified end.

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Sorry to hear it :( Well done for giving her a chance.

We've had a few babies in that I helped to feed but they had to go to a specialist with a release licence as they're considered an invasive species.

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Yes, the same here - Tess has to release them as technically they are vermin. She has a lot of native species, plus a heron with a broken leg, 2 deer and some teeny hedgepiglets. There's link  here about her work and a further one on that page to her FB page

She had a chance and was warm and well cared for when she went - that's all you can ask really.

 

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Well done DM and Tess for trying. I always feel the same way about my animals - if they were pain free with a belly full of food I’m happy - hope I go that way!

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Sorry to hear it, glad you tried.  It was generous of you to offer to pay for treatment. Well done

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Sorry to hear squiggle didn't make it.  Fantastic that you found her and cared for her though at least she had a peaceful end.

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Sorry to hear she didn't make it. How lucky for her that you found her though and gave her a fighting chance and a lovely last few days. x

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