It was around 9 in the morning. I was enjoying a cup of tea on my terrace. Just out of sheer curiosity I peeked over my terrace onto the street only to find a tiny baby squirrel lying on the main door of my house. I quickly rushed down to pick it up as it could have easily become the surprise breakfast to a stray dog or a cat. I softly cupped it in my hands and brought it to the cosy ambiance of my home. I cleaned it dry with a soft cloth as it had fallen into the drain from its nest, which perched on the electric pole that stands in front of my house. I could only wonder how much this tiny creature must have struggled to come out of that filthy drain. Despite its feeble size, the baby appeared to be a true fighter. It looked extremely stressed and could not muster up enough energy to jump out of my hands. And after a few minutes, it quietly surrendered itself as somewhere deep inside it knew it was in safe hands.
I always wanted to have a squirrel as a pet, however, it is not easy to have one as they are extremely shy creatures. Being a photographer by profession, I am never away from my camera. And as luck would have it, I now had a wonderful opportunity of capturing some heart-warming pictures of this beautiful baby squirrel, whom I was happily visualising as my prospective squirrel friend.
I went to the medical store and bought a dropper so that I could feed the baby some milk. At such times, YouTube comes handy, as I quickly watched some videos on how to feed a baby squirrel and learnt some easy-peasy tricks. I fed it some milk through the dropper which it thoroughly relished. Meanwhile, I shared some of its pictures with my friends, introducing it as my newfound love of my life. They suggested some really quirky names for the baby from Gillu and Hogard to Munna Mushtaq and Brij Pal Gotiya. While some wanted to adopt it, a few wished if it could accompany them on a trip. In no matter of time, it had certainly become quite popular amongst my friends. J
To make it feel more at home, I created a tiny home out of a shoe box, in which I had laid out some cotton and had tenderly placed the baby on it. I made sure to check its condition every now and then while feeding it milk at regular intervals. I was glad that it was responding well and that it now felt comfortable and safe in my company. After a few hours, I noticed it had started playing inside the box while constantly chattering and gathering all its energy back. I took it out of the shoe box and it fearlessly started jumping on my arms and shoulders as if inspecting me and extending a hand of friendship towards me. We clicked some amazing selfies together and I must say it posed like a seasoned model. :D
It had barely come down from my shoulders when I noticed a squirrel approaching towards me. I quickly understood that it was the mother of this cute little baby. I could clearly feel that she was afraid of me but that didn’t stop her from coming close to me. She looked at me intently and then softly touched my hand as if graciously thanking me for saving her baby’s life. I felt a lump in my throat and an indescribable feeling of love and respect for that tiny creature. She checked her baby and kissed her zillion times. It was truly an incredible sight! After showering oodles of love on her baby, the squirrel turned towards me and touched me again and then quietly picked her baby in her mouth and disappeared. Tears trickled down my cheeks experiencing such an amazing moment of unconditional love between a mother and a child. I am so pleased with myself that I could manage to capture this incredible moment in my camera, which would forever hold a special place in my heart. I feel blessed to have been able to save the life of that tiny creature who with its mother reminded me of some really important virtues of lives that we all know of but often forget to practice, sometimes unknowingly and sometimes, perhaps deliberately.
Here is the link to my photography pages, where you can check a few images that I had clicked of the mother and the baby: https://www.facebook.com/ShutterbugKevin/photos/a.580973651987250.1073741837.105511642866789/1366120356805905/?type=3&theater
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There is probably nothing more attractive than when a strong man is kind, gentle, caring and loving to those weaker than he. I saw a glimpse there for a split second where it looked like you might have gotten a tiny bit choked up while walking back in the house. It is the BEST feeling in the world to be kind to an animal or a person that needs it. It looked like the mother squirrel gave you a little kiss on your hand for the free babysitting and meal for her toddler. I wouldn't be surprised at all if they come back for a visit some day.
Your testimony at the end was beautiful. Thank you for sharing such a sweet and tender moment with the world. We all need to witness more of these helpful actions and hopefully by more people seeing it, it will encourage more and more people to do the right things when it comes down to helping the vulnerable, no matter what body that soul is in. Thank you for your inspiration and spreading positivity. I'm now subscribing and liking this video. Have a wonderful and blessed week. 😊
For all of you who keep saying it's "not a squirrel, it's a chipmunk" you are wrong. It IS actually a type of squirrel called a palm squirrel, which does have stripes similar to a chipmunk. Also, chipmunks are a subspecies of the squirrel family. So technically they too are squirrels.
Yikes I held my breath when she climbed the pole walked the high wire! I sure hope she made it to her destination with the baby!!! I bet that baby got the spanking of a lifetime, too. Lol just kidding.
+J M Oh! Lol. I'm a little slow 😁 But seriously, I suspected it was a chipmunk! But when I re-read the video's title and confirmed it described it as a squirrel, I was like, huh.. a stripped squirrel...?? Thanks!
Ha! Hilarious. Your first comment you're a total mega asshole. Then you're like, My bad, I didn't watch the whole thing. Lol. Too funny. I have reached the wrong conclusion in videos where I failed to watch the ending. At least you apologized. Lol.
Beautiful video. Bless you for your kind heart. We need more men like you.
I feed abandoned cats at a schoolyard in Hawaii. Five of them were shot with BB guns last spring. I pray for more people like you.
What a kind thing you've done! The world needs more people like you. Thank you for caring for baby until mommy could come get him/her. I wish wonderful things to happen in your life 😊 take care and thanks for sharing.
Oh my goodness.... i shared your happy feeling when mummy came to take baby home. You did a wonderful kind thing caring for the baby squirrel. I love animals and think we have so much to learn from them 😊😊😊
I choose to not make it a big deal if its a chipmunk or a squirrel. Super beautiful experience💞
Thank you for sharing✌
My daughter had a pet
🐿 Chipmunk. He got out the window and waited in the mail box for someone to bring him back in.. Hehe☺