- The Northwoods Wildlife Center in Minocqua is a little baby crazy with spring's arrival.
"My dog had come out from the woods," explains Meghan Anderson, "And had something in his mouth and we didn't know what it was."
The Andersons' dog, Norm, had found what more people are finding in the Northwoods now that Spring has arrived. "So he ran over, dropped it, and my husband went over, picked it up, and it just happened to be a baby squirrel.
Baby animals, injured or orphaned, are typical this time of year says wildlife rehabilitator Amanda Walsh.
"They are so small and helpless that you feel bad for them but you want to make sure that they are okay and fortunately he or she was still breathing," Recalls Anderson.
Walsh and the Center took in the baby squirrel after the Andersons called. "The squirrel is pretty young, a couple weeks old, so we feed her six times a day. We try to go as slow as we can to feed them, so that they are swallowing it all of the way they are suppose to in their tummies."
The center currently is taking care of a handful of babies from bunnies to racoons.
But Executive Director, Diane Chart, expects people to bring in more in the upcoming future. "Sometimes they'll be digging in their gardens, or starting on their lawns, that will start happening here in a month or so. Call us first. Call us and we'll help guide you through whatever the situation is and let you know if it is something we should be intervening in."
So that you don't end up accidentally taking away a baby animal from it's mother.
Chart says that some animals distance themselves from their young while out foraging, to keep predators away.
Written By: Ryan Michaels