This Weeks Creature Feature ... The Foundling Squirrel

How a baby squirrel at the doorstep stole our hearts

Bay Weekly has acquired a furry friend, an orphaned baby squirrel. He (or she?) first caught our attention when he was stretched across the screen of our front window. We heard his cries through the open windows. Once our awhs stopped, we went back to work.
    When the mailman came with his delivery later that day, he stepped over the squirrlel to get through our front door.
    With mother nowhere in sight and baby crying at our door step, we decided to take things into our own hands — literally. General manager Alex Knoll carried the baby from the front door to our courtyard, where he was out of harm’s way.
    Through the glass door, we all marveled at the little creature, watching him explore his new surroundings. Soon, we were making what we imagined might be more to his liking.
    Kay crumbled a leftover sandwich bun and filled an empty box with shredded paper for a nest. Lisa set out a bowl of water and added a soft towel to the nest, hoping it would be enough for him to make it through the night.
    He did. Before we left for the long weekend, we made his box homier with Moe’s stuffed goose, which we’ve seen him cuddle. Moe, who can’t take his eyes off the little fellow, has seen it, too.
    I enriched his diet with honey-roasted peanuts, soaked in water to remove some of the sugar.
    On Tuesday morning, he was still with us, nibbling peanuts.
    He’s the first thing we look at in the morning, and we check on him every time we pass the garden doors. Today Betsy brought him a bag of real squirrel food, full of corn, sunflower seeds and peanuts.
    The squirrel has nuzzled a spot in all of our hearts, and we’re hoping for a shared future. Squirrel is growing stronger, and there are big trees all around, even on the corner of Forest and Spa.
    We’re ready to imagine a name, preferably gender neutral, for the little guy. E-mail suggestions to ashley@bayweekly.com.

It is illegal to keep a squirrel in your possession without a license from DNR.
Please turn this orphan over to a licensed rehabilitator who will care for it and release it back to the wild.
Corn is not a food for squirrel, neither is bread or sunflower seeds.
Peanuts are very bad too! They are a bean, not a nut!
That bag of "real" squirrel food is just junk food, and is very bad for him!
Just because you found him does not mean you can raise him.
By publishing this, you are telling your readers it is OK to do this, and it is NOT!
One more thing, he needs to be raised with other squirrels his age so he knows he is a squirrel and not your personal play toy!
I am shocked that Baytimes would do this!
release him, get him to a rehabber before you kill him with the crap you are feeding him!

While good intentioned I feel that the reader before me didn't read your article carefully enough and is misinformed about the eastern gray Squirrel. The diet you are feeding them is perfectly normal. Adding a mineral block to the diet would be beneficial to the animal. I assume you are keeping this critter in an outside courtyard so it has every chance to escape or run free. Keep up the good work Bay weekly