Posted by John Fasoldt on 12:49:09 9/4/2016 from 18.104.22.168:
In reply to: Trying to release an orphaned red squirrel posted by Sreten on 11:13:06 9/4/2016 from 22.214.171.124:
They usually stay around "mom" for a few more months after that, they learn from mom. Unfortunately, your little guy has no experience "outside," he is an "indoor" squirrel! Not a whole lot YOU can teach him, he will be lost out 'on his own.' He really has no idea of "territory," and all of the squirrels outside will be against any new "intruder." These are the things mom teaches him, if only being WITH her.
You really have only two choices: Either turn him out and let Nature take its course, or keep him/her as a pet.
Squirrels get pretty rambunctious when they get bigger and can be destructive inside a normal house. You would be well-advised, if you do keep him, to have (him OR her) neutered - especially males.
The longer you keep him, the harder it will be. He depends on you now, like a sort of mother. He has no natural mother, and there is no other squirrel that will "adopt" him.
BTW, I have seen squirrels fall a hundred feet or more and get up and run away, so your sixty foot fall shouldn't hurt him.
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