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We are trying to figure out what has happened. Three baby squirrels, really pretty ready to leave the nest, were on the ground in my yard below a tall palm which MAY have had a nest. I cannot see inside the lower fronds. The three each had an eye popped out and were all within a foot of each other. On the dirt.  We do have  a crow family but if it was them, why would they not take the squirrels to eat?  Seems such  useless deaths.

Dear Alexa

Thank you for your question. I also wish to thnk the authors of the websites I used.

Unfortunately, I am unable to give you a definite answer. and give you some possible answers. It is possible that the squirrels fell from the tall palm before they were strong enough to care for themselves. Alternatively, they could have had a disease, have eaten contaminated food or been electrocuted. There are other possibilities.

When you say 'an eye popped out,' what do you mean? Squirrels naturally have bulbous eyes, which look as if they have popped out. Is this what you mean/ Alternatively, do you think an animal removed the squirrels' eyes?

I'm sorry I couldn't help more. Perhaps a local wildlife veterinarian may be able to help. You may be able to find one using

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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.


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