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Northern-Flying-Squirrel-110055-on-towel-012711-web Northern Flying Squirrel 11-0055 was found on the afternoon of January 22 in Lynnwood, WA. The man who found the squirrel said she had been cowering on the ground in the corner of his yard and did not run away when he approached.

Northern Flying Squirrels are strictly nocturnal, and they usually pass the daylight hours asleep in an old woodpecker hole or other appropriate nest cavity. It is very rare to find one on the ground during daylight hours.

The man brought the flying squirrel to us at PAWS Wildlife Center where a rehabilitator examined her. Although the squirrel had no signs of injury, she was exhibiting symptoms of a neurological problem. Her head was tilted about 90-degree to the right, and she was uncoordinated when she moved. We placed her on a regimen of supportive care, and medications to treat what we suspect was a case of head trauma.

As of this writing, she is still our care and has shown some small signs of improvement.



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Please give us an update on this sweet girl.

Hi Susan,
The flying squirrel is still in care and she’s still slowly improving. She still has a noticeable head tilt, but she is more coordinated, and getting around better than when she first arrived. She has been moved to an outdoor enclosure to continue her recovery.

Kevin, thanks for the update. Do we have any news? Also, if the little flying squirrel has a long-term disability, can she stay at PAWS or does she go to a rescue? Thanks.

No new developments to report since the last update. For animals coming to us from the wild, captivity is extremely stressful. They see humans as predators, and they are constantly afraid in our presence. A disability only compounds this stress and fear as it makes the animal feel even more vulnerable. PAWS believes that wild animals belong in the wild. If animals in our care do not heal to the point where they can be returned to their wild home, they are humanely euthanized. We take our responsibility to the animals in our care very seriously, and euthanasia is never an easy decision, but we do feel that it is the most humane and most respectful option for our wild patients that cannot be released.

Thanks again, Kevin. I also appreciate your thoughtful reminder that wild animals see humans as predators and feel stressed in our presence. I know that you and your volunteers do all you can to minimize human contact while caring for these precious wild ones.

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