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Saving squirrels and other wildlife adventures with Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

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Raccoons and foxes and baby squirrels, oh my! This March I began an internship at the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Lyons, Colorado. And let me just tell you it is everything I thought it would be! And it puts me one pawstep closer to my dream job as a wildlife rehabilitator.

Spring is baby squirrel season, so the majority of my job is feeding these sweet, furry babies. Most of these squirrels were found orphaned because their mothers were hit by cars or caught by dogs.





Squirrels are fed a squirrel-specific formula every few hours until they are larger, when we start feeding them nuts, sweet potato, pinecones, cheerios, and mineral lab blocks. In just a few short weeks they are moved to outside cages where they will learn the skills they need to adjust to a life in the wild. Shortly thereafter, they are released.



As the squirrels get older, the influx of raccoons begins! The raccoon nursery can hold dozens of babies, and can be quite a handful.


Other animals that c…