After cleaning him up and giving him some warmth, I noticed Sammy's condition began to improve. With a glimmer of hope that he would survive, I began searching online and calling some friends with squirrel experience. From what I initially read, giving Sammy a bath wasn't the smartest idea, but at the time I thought it was the right decision. What concerned me more than anything was that Sammy wasn't moving very much. He just laid in my hand. Given how I found him and his current condition, I'm assuming Sammy fell out of a tree. After inspecting Sammy, I noticed that he had a cut lip and a little bruising on his left cheek. One of the website suggested feeding him pedialyte because he could be dehydrated.
With a little warmth and some fluids in his system, Sammy began to move around. I was ecstatic! He began crawling up on my shoulder, and he burrowed under my hoodie when he got cold. From my research online, I was able to determine that Sammy was about 8 weeks old. Apparently, squirrels leave their nest between 8-12 weeks, so it seems like Sammy was somewhat unsuccessful with that first attempt.
My second day with Sammy I tried to get him to move around. I wanted to see if that fall had affected him in any way. Seeing as he was still a wee little guy, he was more interested in burrowing in my sweater than climbing around. Sammy was able to climb up on my cat's scratching post, navigate his was down from the counter, and he could even climb down from a tree. Low and behold, Sammy had done a 180 from the half dead, flea ridden squirrel I had found the day before.
So it was decided that the next day I would drive Sammy out to Coast and Canyon Wildlife Rescue in Pepperdine. They have over 60 squirrels in their care, so it would allow Sammy to make a lot of new friends. The next morning we had breakfast together. When I say together it was more like I gave Sammy some avocado and took hundreds of photos and videos of him eating it. It was bittersweet as it was one of our last moments together, but damn he was cute.
We had a good cuddle and said our goodbyes, and with that, I dropped my little man off at Coast and Canyon. I wished him the best in all of his squirrel ventures. Coast and Canyon posts updates of all their animals on their facebook page, so I can see his progress. They work really hard and do a great job, so if you have the means, I highly suggest making a donation. They work tirelessly to help animals and they need every penny they can get.
Coast and Canyon recently posted a photo of Sammy! They said he's sharing an incubator with some buddies and they're having a lot of fun in there. I'm so happy for my little man!