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Aibu for leaving an injured squirrel in my garden?

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Yahboosnubs Mon 29-Jun-15 15:27:33

The cat got it this morning and it had an injured leg. I've put it outside and kept the cats in to stop the torturing. I am working from home, so haven't taken it to the wildlife rescue thing 20-30 mins away by car, but could go later with the kids. (Who are young - 6 and 4 - and it might not be the best thing to do with them.)

But it's a living thing and is still going. Panting and curled up in the shade. I don't know what to do.

Am I bad for just leaving it? I'll have to let the cats out at some point. Aargh!

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 29-Jun-15 15:28:58

Take to the local vets inside surgery hours and it will receive treatment for free.

Yahboosnubs Mon 29-Jun-15 15:32:40

I called them first and they didn't want to know (not that I pushed them on it) and gave me the number of the wildlife centre place.

SoupDragon Mon 29-Jun-15 15:35:30

Under Schedule 9 of the WCA, it is illegal to release a grey squirrel into the wild, or allow one to escape.

This is probably why they aren't interested. If you trap one, you are meant to "humanely dispatch" it.

kali110 Mon 29-Jun-15 15:36:12

Id take it too the vets anyway! Iv taken wild birds and rabbits my local vers before. You can't just leave it injured.

SlaggyIsland Mon 29-Jun-15 15:36:32

Take it asap. I couldn't concentrate on anything else knowing a living creature was suffering in my garden and I wasn't helping it.

whatsthatcomingoverthehill Mon 29-Jun-15 15:37:19

Assuming it's a grey and not red squirrel, kill it. There's too many of them around anyway. They pay people to get rid of them in some parts of the country.

Testarossa1 Mon 29-Jun-15 15:39:30

We called the bat conservation trust after finding a bat in the middle of our drive last Friday afternoon. She gave me a number for a local volunteer. But said if I couldn't get in contact with that lady to take it to the vets, she said all vets have a duty of care to wildlife. I'd try the vets again or ring a different one. Have you called the wildlife place to see if they'll come and get the squirrel? It's suffering, and most likely dehydrating. you can't just leave it, that's plain cruel IMO.

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 29-Jun-15 15:40:28

Under the BVA\RSPCA joint agreement if you take injured wildlife into a veterinary practice during normal surgery hours they must provide initial emergency treatment for free - this maybe euthanasia.
I am guessing you called a corporate practice who will try and get out of these responsabilities.

StayWithMe Mon 29-Jun-15 15:41:41

You can't leave the poor thing suffering like that! It sounds like it's in pain and probably suffering from shock. I know they can't be released and are treated like pests but that's still not a reason for letting it suffer. If your cat was injured and suffering, would you wait?

StayWithMe Mon 29-Jun-15 15:42:56

Sorry OP, that sounded very snippy, I just hate the thought of an animal suffering.

EvansOvalPiesYumYum Mon 29-Jun-15 15:49:22

You shouldn't leave it to suffer. Either take it to a vet (be very careful in handling it, though - they bite. Use a large, thick towel to pop it into your carrying basket) or despatch it as humanely as you can.

Yes, grey squirrels are a nuisance, but shouldn't be left to die unnecessarily in pain and discomfort.

BabyGanoush Mon 29-Jun-15 15:51:54

You may just need to kill it

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 29-Jun-15 15:52:05

I'd Dh to finish it off quickly.

19lottie82 Mon 29-Jun-15 15:53:27

Squirrels are vermin. Pretty much just rats, but cuter looking. Would everyone be so concerned about taking it to the vets if it were a rat?

19lottie82 Mon 29-Jun-15 15:54:05

in all honesty, just put it out of it's misery.

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 29-Jun-15 15:55:58

Well Lottie I euthanase injured rats when people bring them in just the same as injured squirrels. Yes vermin, but don't need to suffer.

anonymice Mon 29-Jun-15 15:59:03

Take it to the vets. They will help most creatures. They put down an injured pigeon for me. Another 'vermin' species yes, but vermin still feel pain....

Testarossa1 Mon 29-Jun-15 15:59:21

Agree Lone, no animal needs to suffer and die slowly, painfully and in fear.. Cute or otherwise.

Floralnomad Mon 29-Jun-15 16:00:06

Quite frankly you would have been kinder to have let the cat finish it off than just leaving it there to suffer , I always take injured wild things to the vet and let them deal with it .

Yahboosnubs Mon 29-Jun-15 16:01:01

I just went to check on it and it had gone! But then I spotted it under a chair. It then lurched off at my approach, so it's got a second wind and is clearly not at death's door. Thus I don't want it put down. But I don't want to pay for the vet to sort it out, frankly. Aargh. Bloody cats.

anonymice Mon 29-Jun-15 16:02:51

you don't have to pay the vet. They have never asked me for money to put down an injured wild animal.

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 29-Jun-15 16:03:03

The vet won't charge you.

19lottie82 Mon 29-Jun-15 16:03:57

Lone I'm not suggesting it should be left to suffer, I'm just saying that they are vermin, like rats, so would all the posters suggesting the OP takes it to the vets, be giving the same advice, if it was a rat?

Seems everything is OK now though.

WanderWomble Mon 29-Jun-15 16:08:07

Wild animals can be very good at hiding injuries. Take the poor thing to the vet. They'll most likely put it to sleep but it won't be suffering any longer.

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