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.