Earlier this year, a young fox squirrel captured the hearts of students at Indiana University.
The students would offer treats & admire the adorable little one. As the young fox squirrel got older, the students noticed the overgrown teeth and realized it needed help for its condition called malocclusion. Without human intervention, the squirrel would suffer and inevitably die from this. I recommended a number of wildlife rehabbers closer to them that I hoped could help the squirrel, but the students were unsuccessful in finding assistance. I didn’t want the squirrel to suffer, so I drove 15 hours to try to help. With a lot of luck (and lots of experience handling Sabrina), I was able to grab the squirrel and secure her. It was such a relief to know the squirrel would no longer suffer. A few minutes after the rescue, I went to a safe location and trimmed the upper and lower incisors. We then began our trip home, and stopped along the way to visit a few friends that took the following pictures.
It turns out the squirrel is a girl, so I’d like to introduce you to SOPHIA. The next morning, Seymour was introduced to Sophia. He is very curious about who the big beautiful girl is! Sophia is adjusting to the radical changes in her life, but is doing very well… just like Sabrina & Serena when they were rescued. It may look irrelevant, but to see Sophia turn her back & rest is a wonderful sign that she realizes she’s being helped. Sophia is still confused & nervous (naturally), but she’s showing a bit more trust in me each day. Last night, we (accidentally) played Hide and Seek. Sophia showed me that she can still have attitude, which is perfectly okay. She is and always will be a wild squirrel, and it’s my job to earn her trust. Listen to her amazing sounds! If you’re wondering what her teeth look like, have a look.
(Keep in mind, these are her teeth AFTER trimming) Sophia will visit Dr. Emerson on Monday for a complete examination & x-rays, and will need lifelong care similar to Sabrina & Serena (although I am hopeful she avoided the awful infections).
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