Posted by: an acre of oklahoma | April 5, 2007

The Squirrel’s Nest

Have you ever found a wild animal that needed help? These animals need to be properly cared for by a Wildlife Rescue Specialist. There are State Licensed Wildlife Rescuers for all wild animals you may find that need help. When you meet, Susan and Bobby Welch, you know that you have met the cream of the crop.  She has been rehabilitating squirrels since 1988, 25 years now.  Susan trained under another wildlife rehabilitation specialist in Texas. Susan is a licensed by the Oklahoma Wildlife Commission to rescue and rehabilitate squirrels. Her service is called The Squirrel’s Nest, which is listed in the phone book. She is a professional and knows all the ins and outs of caring for squirrels. Susan gets calls from all over Northeast Oklahoma about squirrels that need her services. All this would not be possible if it were not for all the help from her husband, Bobby.

The Squirrel’s Nest had about 12 baby squirrels that day I visited. These tiny squirrels are only a few days old, they still have the umbilical cords attached. Compare the babies to the size of the quarter. Tiny, tiny. Susan does not get much sleep when she has such tiny baby squirrels, they need to be fed every 2 hours.

Tiny Babies

The Vinita Daily Journal published an article about an very old horse that the Welch’s were giving much TLC. The horse, Cloud, was 41 years old at the time and a beloved pet.  The Welch’s moved from Texas to Oklahoma because Susan is originally from Nowata and wanted to be around her elderly family members. Veterinarians advised the Welch’s that Cloud probably would not make the move, but the horse was like a family member so he came to Oklahoma. Neighbors shared their corn and apples with Cloud. Cloud had no teeth so the apples had to be pureed, the corn chopped and alfalfa cubes soaked in water before the food was fed to him. Sometimes Susan will get a squirrel that has been injured. She has a hospital cage for the injured animal until it heals enough to be put with other squirrels. One of the squirrels in the picture below has a injury under one front arm, Susan said it is healing nicely and she thought the injury occurred when it fell from it’s nest in the tree. When the squirrels are ready to be released back into the wild, the Welch’s take the animals to several wooded areas used to introduce the healthy ones back into nature. They soon will be playing and chattering and scurrying about in the woods.

Older squirrel

The Vinita newspaper article quoted Susan saying, “I remember back in the 1940’s when the Interurban street car used to run from Cheryville, Kanas to Nowata.” She told me that Nowata was really booming with business when she grew up here,  such Millinery Shops, Men’s and Women’s Clothes Shop, Grocery Stores, Hardware Stores and many more.

These two loving hands has saved many a baby squirrel in 25 years!

Loving Hands



  1. that tiny baby squirrels are soo pretty,they are love (L)

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