• Sarah Schoenrock

Hurricane Hermine Animal Rehabilitation

Photo courtesy of Washington Post

Hurricanes are natural disasters along coastal areas that are feared by many. They bring strong winds that can blow over cities, causing catastrophic damage. While reconstruction groups are heavily focused on fixing buildings, roads and other debris, wild animal rescue is often overlooked. This was not the case in Virginia.

More than 220 baby squirrels were rescued after Hurricane Hermine hit the Virginia Beach area last week. The squirrels were flung from trees from the storm’s winds and were scattered on the ground, stuck under leaves and bushes.

Evelyn Flengas, who runs a wildlife refuge in the Virginia Beach area, took in about 50 of the baby squirrels that were found by rescuers. Some squirrels were flung from their nests that were as high as 40 feet, according to the Washington Post. Flengas also took in seven baby raccoons and a few rabbits.

Many of the squirrels were only a few weeks old, some even just a few days. Unable to take care of themselves, Flengas gave them the care they so desperately needed. The squirrels were fed a powder formula, made to mimic a mother squirrel’s milk, with a syringe. They were also given antibiotics, and when old enough to digest, a variation of meals that include trail mix and rodent food.

On average, it takes about 12 to 14 weeks for squirrels to be fully rehabilitated before they can return to the wild.

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