Dead Squirrel ~ What Could Have Happened To Him?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by kuntrygirl, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I was walking around in the chicken yard on yesterday and noticed that there was a dead squirrel by the acorn tree. I have no idea what happened to the little fella. I was shocked because I never saw a dead squirrel before. I thought the little critters were too fast and could easily get away from predators?

    Anyone know what could have happened to him? :idunno

    I felt sorry for the little guy.
     
  2. dainerra

    dainerra Crowing

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    jumping from limb to limb and missed his landing.
    hawk attack - got away but was injured
    old age
    heart attack
    poisoned food

    could have been any number of things. Even as simple as parasites.
     
  3. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

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    Hit by a car is my guess. Or maybe parasites, viral infection?
     
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    If he had any parasites or infection, I wonder if my animals could pick up on any illnesses or diseases from the poor little fella? :idunno
     
  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

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    Most diseases are species related but if any of your birds ate it worms could be an issue.
     
  6. LittleChickenLady

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    First thing I thought was that he got knocked out by an acorn.. [​IMG] but that probably wasn't it.. [​IMG]
     
  7. dainerra

    dainerra Crowing

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    Any powerlines nearby? Thats probably the #2 cause of dead squirrels, after cars
     
  8. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Poor little guy. Could have been any number of things, really. [​IMG]
     
  9. NYboy

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    Around here they are suicidal , they will dart infront of cars.
     
  10. conny63malies

    conny63malies Crowing

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    hahaha my drivers ed teacher had a suicidal rabbit. After he stopped the car the rabbit stopped as well and actually jumped into the car!(well between the headlights)

     

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