Daisy arrived on March 8, 2009. She was approximately 8 weeks old when she was brought in by Orange County Animal Services. Upon examination, Daisy had a visible head tilt and was circling her holding cage. This suggested neurological damage and was thought to be from possible toxin ingestion. After a month of treatment, Daisy stabilized but did not make a full recovery. Due to permanent neurological damage she was not a candidate for release.
Facts about The Eastern Gray Squirrel
As the name suggests, the eastern gray squirrel has predominantly gray fur, but it can have a brownish color. It has an usual white underside with a large bushy tail as compared to the typical brownish-orange underside of the fox squirrel. Particularly in urban situations where the risk of predation is reduced, both white and black-colored individuals are quite often found.
The native range of the eastern gray squirrel overlaps with that of the fox squirrel, with which it is sometimes confused, although the core of the fox squirrel’s range is slightly more to the west. The eastern gray squirrel is found from New Brunswick to Manitoba, south to East Texas and Florida. A prolific and adaptable species, the eastern gray squirrel has been introduced to, and thrives in, several regions of the western United States.