Dog Saves Orphaned Baby Squirrel

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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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  1. 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.

  2. 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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