Baby squirrels thriving after being abandoned

Abandoned red squirrel kittens who are being looked after by a member of the Morpeth and District Red Squirrels group.
Abandoned red squirrel kittens who are being looked after by a member of the Morpeth and District Red Squirrels group.

TWO abandoned baby red squirrels are now fighting fit thanks to a Morpeth conservation group.

The recent stormy and wet weather caused problems for native wildlife as well as the human population and Morpeth and District Red Squirrels (MAD RS) was informed about a drey in a rural location which had been blown down and subsequently left by the parent squirrels.

Neither of the two kittens was injured or ill, but they would have died without care so the duo were taken to a group member who is a zoologist and well trained to rear and prepare animals to be released back into the wild.

Kate Weightman, one of the MAD RS founder members, said: “Any sick or injured animal should be taken to a qualified vet for appropriate treatment and care, but in this instance we are pleased that we were able to help these two small creatures and we were most grateful to a local vet for help with the provision of kitten food.

“Both are now doing well and on the way to being taken back to where they were found and allowed to get on with their lives as natural wild animals.

“This was a very real opportunity for us to fulfil our objectives of protecting and preserving our native red squirrels.”

Residents can find out more about the group’s activities at the Picnic in the Park event in Carlisle Park on Sunday.

A ‘giant red squirrel’ may also come along on the day.