Why do you never see a baby squirrel?

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You’re probably familiar with lots of young, baby animals – puppies, kittens, ducklings, bunnies, and even small birds and little tadpoles! But why is it that you never see young, baby squirrels??

The reason all squirrels look like they’re about the same size is that younger, smaller squirrels don’t leave the nest until they are bigger, so most people never see one. When a squirrel is born, it’s almost unrecognizable as a squirrel – it’s completely furless and very tiny. In fact, newborn squirrels only weigh a couple of ounces each. (That’s about as much as a few postcards.) Baby squirrels are also mostly blind and have sealed ears; without eyesight or hearing, it would be very dangerous for a baby squirrel to leave the nest, so they stay in the nest and with their mother for the first number of weeks.

Although they’re so small and fragile when they’re born, squirrels do grow quickly, and after just two or three months, it leaves the nest for the first time!
 

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