The Case of the Flying squirrel

We receive a fair amount of injured wildlife cases from the public and sometimes from licensed rehabilitators. These critters show up in need of triage and treatment to help get them back on their feet in preparation for release or for entry into a rehab program. They don’t all make it, but they’re given an exam and, when the prognosis is favorable, treatment they need to help address their issues.

This young flying squirrel was found behind a building stuck to a glue trap that was originally placed in someone’s attic. He was released from the sticky pad, but the skin and soft tissues on his feet had unfortunately become too damaged, partly because he was chewing at them from discomfort and/or in an attempt to free himself. We did the humane thing and sent him peacefully on his way.