If a squirrel falls from a tree should you catch it?

If a squirrel falls from a tree should you catch it?

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  1. Only if you want your hands shredded. Think about what teeth that can cut through the shell of a black walnut and claws that can get traction on water oak bark will do to flesh. They don’t just bite then turn loose either. Very bad idea.

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  2. Once a squirrel fell, not from a tree, but from the electric lines above and lay on the ground at my feet, stiff and still.
    I thought he must have touched two lines at once and had gotten electrocuted. What to do in the case of a human would be to give him/her artificial respiration, so I pressed on the squirrel’s chest for a few beats.
    After a few moments, he started breathing on his own, and then he got up in a confus…

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  3. Yes! But first smear peanut butter around your lips. Then let the falling squirrel land gently on your face and nibble the peanut butter. Even better, have a friend record the cute event and post it on YouTube. Thank you in advance for outsourcing your life decisions to random strangers. What could go wrong?

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  4. You can try but if you are successful you’ll think you caught a combination of Skilsaw and pit bull.
    If a squirrel jumped off the Empire State building it would get killed by the impact but I have never seen one get killed of even injured by a fall from a tree.
    I’ve seen them fall long distances only to hit the ground running. I’ve never even seen one stunned by the fall.
    Your next question should be; “ How can squirrels fall from trees and almost never get injured?”

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  5. Nope – absolutely not! Keep in mind that squirrels rarely fall from trees. The ones that do fall are probably sick and handling a sick squirrel (or any sick four-footed animal), is not a wise thing to do. Even if the squirrel isn’t rabid, they have fleas, and fleas can transmit a number of diseases to human beings.

    Victor Allen’s

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  6. It’s a rat! In the UK I saw many squirrels fall to the ground and run back up the tree. I’ve seen an Australian possum fly from 90-feet and with a thud hit the ground and run up another tree.
    If you are that fast and good at catching, I suggest you get a job in a leading baseball team, I’m sure they would love you!

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  7. You mean literally catch a tree-rat as it is falling? If you are lucky, you will only be slightly mauled as it does whatever it can to get away from the big thing that has now become a major menace in its’ life.

    Eight O’Clock

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  8. No – it would almost certainly bite you. I once saw a squirrel fall from a tree. It hit the ground quite hard and bounced to its feet and ran off, apparently unharmed.

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  9. I don’t think so. Squirrels are small, light and wild. I assume they fall out of trees frequently. If you get your hands on a squirrel (or get one in your hands) I think the squirrel will probably think that you will try to eat him or her and will bite and scratch you.

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  10. LEAVE IT ALONE!
    The only time I’ve ever seen a squirrel fall from a tree was when there was a good reason for it. …such as the one we saw fall just this past summer. Healthy squirrels are usually in good enough shape that they don’t fall from trees. This particular squirrel went into convulsions after it hit the ground. I suspected that the squirrel was suffering from the convulsions while still in the tree and this was what caused the fall.
    The squirrel was foaming at the mouth and the first thing I thought was rabies. So, I called the Tennessee Wildlife people and they said to not go near it. They explained that our county was seeing a minor outbreak of rabies and the possibility of this squirrel having it was very high. The guy on the phone said to keep an eye on it so as not to let any other animals or people go near it.
    So, I went back outside to keep track of the squirrel. It was doing somersaults in the yard when, out of the clear blue, a hawk zoomed in and grabbed it. Problem solved.
    (Birds don’t get rabies.)

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  11. If your catching it breaks his fall, do it. All life is worth it.
    Did you ever hear about the pool cleaner in L.A. who saw what he thought was a dead squirrel? He got it out then gave it mouth to mouth resuscitation and chest compressions. The squirrel lived and ran off. This is an excellent story.
    Anytime you can save an animal, do it. Just think of it as a human because we’re all in this boat together. Just think of Search and Rescue dogs. They save us all the time.

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  12. Do not attempt to catch a squirrel who falls from a tree. They are light weight and dont build up enough momentum to do any real harm unless they hit rocks or pavement. But even still, squirrels can harbour viruses and scratch you up pretty good. I see squirrels fall from trees all the time, never seen one die from a fall.

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  13. No. It’s not heavy enough to hit the ground very hard, if it’s unconscious it’ll have an even softer landing (relaxed muscles… why drunken fallers so often survive unscathed), and if it’s conscious you’re about to be very, very badly bitten.
    By all means, make sure it’s not about to be grabbed by kids or dogs, especially if it’s a bit dazed when it lands, but it’s unlikely to need any help that you’re equipped to provide.

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