• Question: are squrrils blind when born

    Asked by Salim to Jonathan, Kellie, Kevin, Melissa on 4 May 2016.
    • Photo: Jonathan Jackson

      Jonathan Jackson answered on 4 May 2016:

      Yes, squirrels are blind and deaf when they’re born. The ability to see is very complex and takes a while to develop. Even human babies (though usually not blind) can’t see very well for a few months after they’re born!

    • Photo: Kevin Baker

      Kevin Baker answered on 4 May 2016:

      Jonathon is correct. Many animals are actually born blind and deaf!

    • Photo: Melissa Wilson Sayres

      Melissa Wilson Sayres answered on 4 May 2016:

      Yes, it’s very curious. It also means that human babies are actually pretty well developed at birth relative to a lot of species.