Fun Photos: Baby Squirrels

by Melissa R. on April 23, 2010

Spring has definitely “Sprung” in Rhinelander! The other day my co-worker and I were outside enjoying a break, and the beautiful weather, when we noticed a small gray squirrel crawling around the bottom of a tree. We were both amazed at how small it was, and then realized it was a baby squirrel!

Neither one of us had ever seen a baby squirrel before, although we both are long time WI residents. After watching the little guy go up & down a foot or two, and then crawling around on the ground we heard a loud, sharp squeak. We both looked up, wondering what bird that was. Well it wasn’t a bird at all but instead another baby squirrel! Not just one either – there were three more about 10 feet up in the tree! We enjoyed them for quite some time before I ventured back inside to get the camera and grab a few quick photos.

2 baby gray squirrels venturing out from their nest

Two baby gray squirrels venturing out from their nest

Juvenile squirrels emerge from nests between March and mid-August

Juvenile squirrels emerge from nests between March and mid-August

Gray Squirrels are relatively slow in development, and will not leave the nest for six months or more!

Gray Squirrels are relatively slow in development, and will not leave the nest for six months or more!

Here's to a good start guys!

Here's to a good start guys!

I later heard other co-workers had seen the baby squirrels, and were trying to chase away large crows that seemed to be taking too great an interest in our new friends! We’re all looking forward to seeing more of these cute little squirrels.

Any fun baby animal stories you’d like to share?

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About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the DrsFosterSmith.com and LiveAquaria.com websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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Sarah W. April 23, 2010 at 9:38 am

I had the privilege of watching these baby squirrels with Melissa, and I can attest they were completely enthralling and entertaining. Although I know they and their squirrel kin will be looking to raid my birdfeeders in the near future, it was truly a joy to see these little critters trying to make sense of their big world.

Ellen B. April 23, 2010 at 9:52 am

I’m with Sarah & Melissa – they were so fun to watch! They reminded me a little of geckos with the way they “stuck” to the tree. One of the little guys seemed afraid to crawl too high. It’s these little things in life that can bring bits of joy.

Keri K. April 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Notice we don’t have any leaves on that tree yet… At least we have some greenish grass!

Val Pegg April 28, 2010 at 7:24 am

Oh, so cute!!!! I live in GA and we have tons of squirrels, but I’ve never gotten to see a baby. Thanks for sharing, great start to my morning!

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