The BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) is seeking donations to support the recovery of a group of juvenile squirrels who had become stuck together by tree sap.
Five sibling Eastern Grey Squirrels were discovered by a member of the public several weeks ago in Saanich, stuck to the ground and unable to free themselves.
A nearby volunteer from Wild ARC was able to cut the squirrels free from the grass and bring them in for care.
The BC SPCA says the squirrels were likely stuck together overnight and had tried chewing themselves free. The Wild ARC rehab team was able to separate the squirrels’ tails without further injury.
Unfortunately, the injuries one of the squirrels had suffered were too severe and it had to be euthanized to prevent further suffering.
The other four squirrels had extensive damage to their tails and underwent surgery. Three recovered quickly, while the fourth encountered minor complications but is expected to recover.
Wild ARC says that the rodents will be able to adapt to the loss of portions of their tails.
Currently the squirrels are still in rehabilitation and are being housed in an outdoor enclosure. Wild ARC says they will be released once they are healthy enough to thrive in the wild.
Part of their treatment program includes a regular supply of food, medicine, enclosure upkeep, and enrichment.
Wild ARC posted an online fundraiser to support the rehabilitation of the four surviving squirrels, with a goal of raising $2995. As of 3 p.m. on Wednesday, they had exceeded their goal, with $3,115.00 raised.
A representative for Wild ARC told Victoria Buzz that additional donations are still welcome, to help the thousands of other animals the organization assists every year.