MAPLE VALLEY, Mich. (AP/WWJ) – They’re cute as heck and they’re hungry.

A northern Michigan animal shelter is asking for donations of acorns and sunflower seeds after taking in 18 baby squirrels.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the squirrels brought to the non-profit A.R.K. Association to Rescue Kritters are no more than a month old and can’t survive the winter in the wild.

A.RK. says that many of the little guys were orphaned and a few came in injured or needing medical care.

(credit: A.R.K. Association to Rescue Kritters)

(credit: A.R.K. Association to Rescue Kritters)

Young squirrels are taken to the wildlife rehabilitation center in Roscommon County by tree cutters or others who find them alone or orphaned.

The squirrels are placed at volunteer foster homes for bottle feedings and around-the-clock care. As they get older, they will transition to a large indoor space at the rehab center before moving into an enclosed outdoor area to help them get used to the cold.

(credit: A.R.K. Association to Rescue Kritters)

(credit: A.R.K. Association to Rescue Kritters)

Donations are being sought due to the cost of caring for the baby animals through winter.

Acorns and sunflower seed donations may be brought to the rescue at 3878 S. Maple Valley Road, Saint Helen, Michigan, 48656 and left by the door if no one is around at the time. They should be put in a container that provides air so they don’t get moldy. For those who wish to donate money, checks may be mailed to the same address.

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