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Hundreds of squirrels rescued following hurricane


As Hurricane Irene spins north, a lone figure stands in the surf of the Chesapeake Bay near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in Virginia Beach. (Vicki Cronis-Nohe/AP)

The Daily Press reports Wildlife Response Inc., a Chesapeake-based group, says its more than three dozen licensed rehabilitators have received more than 330 calls for orphaned squirrels after the hurricane slammed the state on Aug. 27.

The Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has taken in more than 185 baby squirrels since the storm, while independent wildlife rehabilitators have received dozens of them.

Many of the squirrels will be taken care of by licensed wildlife handlers until they’re old enough to be returned to the woods.

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