Extremely kind people save a juvenile squirrel in a pickle

April 10, 2015 • 3:45 pm

Just like the evening news, we here at WEIT like to end the week on an upnote. So here’s our equivalent of NBC’s “Making A Difference.”

It’s the rescue of a juvenile squirrel by the British organization Wildlife Aid, which Wikipedia characterizes as “a charity dedicated to the rescue, care and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned animals.” The YouTube notes:

Lucy (our vet nurse) had to rescue her favourite animal, a very badly stuck squirrel! The poor chap tried to bite through a metallic bird feeder to get some tasty peanuts. He ended up stuck, mouth wide open and no snacks! After a careful “surgery” on the bird feeder, the squirrel was freed from this evil food store! We only kept him a couple of hours at the hospital, before releasing him in the garden where he was found… hoping he learned his lesson!

What a great job by Lucy!

h/t: Heather Hastie, Amy Carparelli

27 thoughts on “Extremely kind people save a juvenile squirrel in a pickle

  1. Wildlife Aid do a lot of wonderful rescue work of British wildlife. There was one occasion at the end of last year where they all got called away from the restaurant where they were having a Christmas dinner, and off they went into the night, leaving their noms behind.

  2. One of the groundhogs I trapped last year (HavAHeart cage) got hung up on the bars the same way. I wasn’t looking fwd to extracting him, but by rolling the cage upside down, he got himself free, and lived to get repatriated to the other side of the mill, a couple miles away where smart groundhogs find a taste for Japanese knotweed instead of trying to return to my tomatoes and apple & chestnut trees.

  3. I so love squirrels! All the squirrels from the neighborhood come to my house to eat because I always have plenty of food just for them. I love happy endings when it comes to these little critters! 🙂

  4. I was told yesterday that there is a bylaw, where I live, making the feeding of squirrels and other wildlife illegal. I doubted it so looked it up at city hall. It’s true . It is only legal to feed songbirds.
    I say stuff the bylaw!

  5. I bet he woke up and wondered why his lips hurt and what the heck that smelly stuff is on them.

  6. What a cutie pie.

    A militant squirrel just moved into my attic. The little f*cker runs around my windows every morning, driving the cat crazy. I went outside and he hung onto the side of the house and wouldn’t stop squeaking at me. Territorial little fella.

    I thought that all squirrels were this aggressive but apparently some prefer to run and hide, or so I hear.

    1. The place we moved into here 30yrs ago had a resident squirrel in the unfinished attic. He/they had chewed their way thru a spot in the facia. There was loose fiberglass insulation and no floorboards up there, and they had one big pile of the stuff fluffed up that I figured was their nest. I also figured if it could stand living in that, well, mazel tov. They weren’t evicted till we put a second floor on the place five yrs later.

      1. A few years ago we had a squirrel getting into the attic somehow. My housemate and I live-trapped it and released it in a park 6-8 blocks away. A few hours later, it was back. We trapped it again (apparently, squirrels are slow learners). This time, housemate took it 20+ miles to the suburban office park where he worked and released it there. If it made its way back from there, at least it knew better than to get into our attic. Good thing, too. Housemate soon took a job transfer to a much harsher climate 800 miles away.

  7. Relessing gray squirrels back into the wild is illegal in UK. The following extract is from the web site of a Red Squirrel conservation society.

    “The grey squirrel is regarded as an invasive non-native species following its inclusion under Schedule 9 of the WCA. Grey squirrels are also listed in the IUCN international list of 100 worst invasive non-native species. This highlights the damage that grey squirrels cause to our native flora and fauna; a problem severe enough to be recognised at a level of global significance. As such, the grey squirrel is regarded as a pest species and is afforded no protection under the WCA. Under Schedule 9 of the WCA, it is illegal to release a grey squirrel into the wild, or allow one to escape.

    1. Seems to me there’s a difference between controlling the numbers of grey squirrels in the wild, and helping out a poor, helpless animal. Whatever the law the two ladies here did the right thing in my book.

    2. I was very surprised to hear a British person refer to a grey squirrel as her ‘favourite species in the whole world’. The only reasonable inference is that she’s never actually seen a native squirrel. (I was lucky enough to have a couple of years living on the Wirral in the early 70s; one year we had lots of gorgeous, tufty reds living in the back yard, the next some kind of bushy-tailed tree-rat.)

  8. “I tell you what, it really is true that every day is different here”.

    Made me laugh for some reason.

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