Squirrels are easy to spot in the wild, but not many people realize just how fun, smart and playful they can be. On this page, you can find the best Dodo stories that show squirrels at their intelligent, mischievous best — whether it’s a story about someone forming a special relationship with a squirrel in their backyard, or a rescued squirrel who stole his family’s heart.
What to do if you find a squirrel:
While the squirrels shown here weren’t releasable after being rescued, usually rescued squirrels should return to the wild — so if you find a squirrel who needs help, make sure to contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator right away who can help them get better and return home.
Did you know?
- If you find a baby on the ground, make sure he actually needs help. If he’s longer than 6 inches and has a fluffy tail, he’s probably fine on his own!
- If the baby is too young to be on his own, but is warm and uninjured, his mom will probably be looking for him. Set him up in a cozy box under the tree he fell from (or somewhere nearby), stay out of the way and wait.
- If mom doesn’t return — or if the squirrel is clearly sick or injured — call your local wildlife rehabber for advice. Remember, it’s usually illegal to keep or try to rehabilitate injured wild animals on your own.
When most of us picture a squirrel we’re probably thinking of gray squirrels — the gray (and sometimes black) furry-tailed ones commonly found in backyards in the Eastern and Western U.S. But there are five species of squirrels found across the country — the others include flying squirrels, fox squirrels, red squirrels and ground squirrels. Worldwide, there are more than 200 squirrel species. One of our favorites? The Indian giant squirrel, who can grow to be 36 inches from head to tail and has multicolored fur!