WARNING: This blog contains a baby squirrel photo


Shannon Lee Manion’s blog about the rescue and raising of a baby squirrel started with this entry on July 6, 2010:

Life can change at a moment’s notice. For one new-born squirrel, a topple from the trees has changed its life forever. And, hopefully, there is a forever, or at the least, a full squirrel life for this tiny creature. I have dubbed him Oscar and he arrived in my cat’s mouth two days ago…

I was uncertain what the cat had dragged home, so to speak. It was smaller than my thumb, naked and blind. Could have been a newborn rabbit because they are born blind and hairless but hey have signature elongated ears and they don’t have a long tail. My little bundle could have been a day-old rat or a puppy. It really looked like an embryonic dog from a C-Section done on a tea-cup sized Chihuahua. The umbilical cord was still attached.

Since then Shannon (also an Ottawa artist) has been chronicling the plight of the baby squirrel on her blog, Baby Squirrel Oscar. Warning: Her blog containts many, many baby squirrel photos.

Related: Ottawa Pets & Animals Guide

Glen Gower

Glen is the owner and founder of OttawaStart.com. He lives in Stittsville, one of Ottawa's most exciting suburbs.


1 Response

  1. Anonymous says:

    The rabbits we have in Ontario, Eastern Cottontail Rabbits, are NOT born hairless. They are born with fur, and are a brownish-grey colour. The only small, black animals we have in the Ottawa area are melanistic squirrels.

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