Bethany was just under two weeks when they got her with very little hair.
At four weeks of age now, Bethany the squirrel has about a week before her eyes open to her new world at Lovely Lita's Sheltering Tree Foundation. She came in with a badly mangled arm, most likely from an animal attack. The leg took two weeks to shrivel and dry up then fall off. They have kept her on antibiotics and keep silvadene on there to help keep out infections of all types.
You might ask as I did why the leg was not removed , well with her tiny size any kind of anesthesia would have been a huge risk. Squirrels do not handle it as well as a larger animal and Bethany did very well with the entire process, Lovely Lita's Sheltering Tree Foundation didn't want to risk surgery, even a short one if nature would take care of the issue with a little help to keep the infections away. Squirrels are amazing at adapting to whatever comes their way.
“I know it is hard to look at her dried up arm but believe it or not it does not seem to bother her at all. She wiggles around and acts like any other baby her age.” “She is much more comfortable now that the arm is gone.”
“Yes she will do fine. I have known several with missing limbs. They all do well. She will never miss it because she will never know it is not normal.
She is beautiful!!
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