Dog Saves Orphaned Baby Squirrel

An orphaned baby squirrel was left helpless after falling from a tree in a forest in Inverness, Scotland, and the lucky youngster has a dog to thank for saving him. ‘Squirelly’ is being raised by the Scottish SPCA at their National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross.

His caretakers say the week old red squirrel stood little chance of survival outside of the nest. Fortunately, a compassionate canine found the stranded animal. An area dog owner was surprised when his pet returned from a walk with the unexpected find: the caring dog had gently carried the young rodent all the way home in its mouth.

Center manager Colin Seddon said, “Squirelly really struggled when he first came in but he is now feeding well. He’s being syringe-fed every two to three hours, between 6am and 11pm, and he’ll then be moved on to solid food.”

“Soon we’ll be keeping handling to a minimum to ensure he doesn’t become tame. Squirrelly will stay with us until he’s about ten weeks old and he’ll then be released back into the wild.”







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    May 21, 2012 8:28 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Maria

    Awww how cute!

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    May 21, 2012 8:29 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Paulette

    HOW CUTE!!!!!!

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    May 21, 2012 8:30 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lana

    awwww

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    May 21, 2012 8:30 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Louise

    i had a rottweiller who did the same thing with a baby kitty. Here’s to my two precious babies, Rocky and Apollo.

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  • May 21, 2012 8:30 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Shelly

    Wow.
    Just another reason I’m a dog lover..!!

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    May 21, 2012 8:30 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Reta

    A Cocker Spaniel I had did that once. she found a baby squirrel and brought it to me. I fed it and then found a woman that raised baby squirrels that had lost their mothers and she took care of it. It is a lot of work just like any baby.

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    May 21, 2012 8:30 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sandra

    So loving! So pure!

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    May 21, 2012 8:30 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Elizabeth

    Just when I thought I could not love dogs any more than I already do. Way to go, pooch!!! <3 <3 Lucky little squirrel, found by a four-legged angel. Wishing both a long happy lives!

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    May 21, 2012 8:31 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kelly

    my Rottweiller/shepard mix brought home 2 baby bunnies (at different times) same way! I took the first omne to Naples Conservancy & the 2ond we let go a few days near his rabbit hole after we made sure he would survive

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    May 21, 2012 8:31 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sarah

    Wow, all the dogs I know would’ve had Squirrelly for lunch! That must be some dog!

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    May 21, 2012 8:31 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Pamela

    Lucky baby. My dogs would have swallowed it whole.

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    May 21, 2012 8:31 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Erin

    awwuuuhhhhhh

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  • May 21, 2012 8:32 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kimi

    awwww, how cute! And what a gentle dog!

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  • May 21, 2012 8:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Michelle

    AWWWWWW !!!!ADORABLE !!!!!!!!How sweet !!!!!

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  • May 21, 2012 8:35 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Rosa

    oh I love them…….so cute;-)<3

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    May 21, 2012 8:36 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sherri

    How sweet!

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    May 21, 2012 8:36 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

    Oh, the poor little baby… what a great dogs! :)

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    May 21, 2012 8:37 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    OMG, that would’ve been my Chelsea. She was so sweet and gentle. She loved carrying wild bunnies around in her mouth, lol. Got dive-bombed more than once by angry parents while attempting to carry fledglings too, lol. What a great story and amazing doggy. Glad the squirrel is doing well.

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  • May 21, 2012 8:37 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mallie

    I love how their ‘mothering instincts’ kick in when they see anyone or anything wounded. Humans are definitely NOT the superior species.

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  • May 21, 2012 8:39 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lee

    I love the UK!

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  • May 21, 2012 8:39 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    All dogs are the best!!!!!!

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    May 21, 2012 8:39 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mary

    Joni, the best dog ever, use to help me when I was raising wild animal babies. One time she woke me up because the flying squirrell got out. Took me to the kitchen and pointed to the top of the frig. There it was. Another time when I was feeding a very stunted squirrel every hour, 24 hours a day, I was sleeping thru the alarm clock. She woke me up at 3:00 am, pulled me to the refrig. I got the milk, heated it and went to the bathroom to feed the little guy. When I finished, Joni was asleep on the rug by the couch. I slept on the couch when I was feeding 24 hrs a day. She was the most intuitive dog I have ever seen.

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  • May 21, 2012 8:40 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Nancy

    AWWWWwwwwwwwwwww

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    May 21, 2012 8:40 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sheri

    Aww

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  • May 21, 2012 8:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    I agree, Mallie. Humans are most definitely NOT superior.

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  • May 21, 2012 8:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Yamileth

    That dog is a hero!!!!

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  • May 21, 2012 8:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    so cute

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    May 21, 2012 8:44 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Maybe give it back to the doggy. Hell love to have the squirell back- the One he save!

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    May 21, 2012 8:45 pmPosted 2 years ago
    kaitlyn

    My pit, Bandit, led me to a fallen limb with a birds nest once. There was a baby bird there and I nursed it back to health. Every morning Bandit would have to check on the baby. It was too cute!

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    May 21, 2012 8:48 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cass

    Adam Wood

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  • May 21, 2012 8:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kathryn

    My 2 bad dogs would have killed it for sure…brats that they are..

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    May 21, 2012 8:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Charity

    Love this!!!!

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    May 21, 2012 8:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Pamela

    Pamela F. S. — Right there with you. Wish my dogs would do the same but both have a passion for the squirrels (and not in a good way!) Such a sweet story!

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  • May 21, 2012 8:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Amy

    Our old golden retriever used to gently carry around the toad that lived in the swamp cooler. I think he thought they were friends. No doubt the toad felt differently…

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  • May 21, 2012 8:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Erika

    Awww! What’s the doggie’s name? Good job! Extra treats fir the next 2 months!

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    May 21, 2012 8:54 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mitzi

    one of my dogs just bought me9 little baby turtles this past Saturday ,they are the little box turtles have NO CLUE where they came from

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  • May 21, 2012 8:54 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Pamela J

    My cousin just save a baby squirrel. Bottle fed it. & now it just plays around her yard. Lol.

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  • May 21, 2012 9:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Christopher

    That is funny that the dog is smoking.

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    May 21, 2012 9:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Judith

    awwwww

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    May 21, 2012 9:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Patrice

    Again—a dog shows more compassion than some people–

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    May 21, 2012 9:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kim

    Aww

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  • May 21, 2012 9:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Danielle

    When my Pitt mix got pregnant by my beagle (isn’t that funny?!), everyone told me to keep the beagle away from the pups because male beagles were aggressive toward pups. I took him to meet them when they were 3 weeks. From that day on, he had to go see them as soon as he got up every morning. And, all day long as well. He was a great doggy dad. Oh, not to mention that when angel was in labor, he stuck by her side and even brought her little mouthfuls of food. :-)

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  • May 21, 2012 9:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Love

    I found some baby squirrels and alot of people said “why waste your time”? I took them to the vet and one of the girls raised them until they were big enough to be released. I could have never left them alone, they were only a couple of days old.

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    May 21, 2012 9:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    the more i hear about animals the less i like some humans

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    May 21, 2012 9:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Louise

    awwwww

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    May 21, 2012 9:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sarah

    The dog maternal instinct is great. My mums jack russell would get herself all worked up when my Bother *who was a baby at the time* would cry. Honey would sit there licking his feet whimpering and shaking and howling trying to nurse him so he would stop, Naturally mum had to sort him out but honey thought she could do a better job. Animals are beautiful creatures. <3

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    May 21, 2012 9:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Susan

    I’m just wondering how they knew with certainty the squirrel fell from a nest and was orphaned. That dog could have told them anything. lol

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  • May 21, 2012 9:26 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Shana

    awwww <3

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  • May 21, 2012 9:30 pmPosted 2 years ago
    John

    Romulus, or is it Remus?

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  • May 21, 2012 9:55 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Alan

    another caring sharing Scot

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    May 21, 2012 9:55 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Judy

    Awwwwwwwwwwwww

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  • May 21, 2012 10:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Dogwatch

    Awesome!

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  • May 21, 2012 10:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Laura

    awwww so sweet

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    May 21, 2012 10:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Susan

    awe, how sweet!!

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    May 21, 2012 10:40 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Donna

    Victoria Carman Chamberlain you will love this…

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    May 21, 2012 10:51 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    What a beautiful story. Poor little squirrel for the fall (and poor mother/parents losing their little one). But blessings to the dear dog who brought the baby home to treat. Yes, I agree with one of the facebook replies, that the dog should have his/her photo featured also. :o )

    Beautiful story, and I hope when released, the squirrel will find it’s original family. :O)

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  • May 21, 2012 11:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Rob

    Years ago I had a labrador with three succelling pups. One morning I counted four…….one was a baby rabbit.

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    May 21, 2012 11:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Julie

    Im impressed! My little cooper, a lab mix brought a baby baby bunny to the door tonight and we got him to let go and put the little fella back in his nest. He was totally fine, even after being carried about 100 ft in coops mouth :)

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    May 21, 2012 11:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sue

    Awwwww, that’s sweet!

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    May 21, 2012 11:32 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Birgit

    What a Great Heart some animals have!

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  • May 21, 2012 11:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Nettie

    Awwwww. so adorable!

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    May 21, 2012 11:35 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kasey

    @Amy Rubinate, Golden Retrievers apparently have a very soft palate and can carry a raw egg without cracking it!
    I have a 7 year old Golden Retriever and she likes to catch moles in the yard and carry them around in her mouth. Doesn’t kill them though! (Knock-on-wood!) She drops it though when I tell her to! My other dog is a Fox/Coonhound Mix and she will kill ANYTHING! :)

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  • May 22, 2012 12:46 amPosted 2 years ago
    Diane

    Bless his doggy guardian angel!

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    May 22, 2012 1:34 amPosted 2 years ago
    Joanne

    Behold the beauty of animals, canine and other :)

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  • May 22, 2012 3:01 amPosted 2 years ago
    Sue

    How lovely, what a good dog! bless them both! <3 xxx

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  • May 22, 2012 3:32 amPosted 2 years ago
    Tiina-Maija

    Lovely<3

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  • May 22, 2012 4:58 amPosted 2 years ago
    Liz

    aww that is so lovely, i hope the dog got a lovely treat as a reward xx

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  • May 22, 2012 7:55 amPosted 2 years ago
    Marcus

    how cute! My dog Tucker (rest his canine soul) loved squirrels best when they were on his taste buds or in his belly.

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