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What the cat brought home... beating the odds.

What the cat brought home... beating the odds.

First let me say that this has nothing to do with real estate. This is just a little feel good story of a squirrel that we've been raising over the past several weeks... 
Pulling up in the driveway, we noticed that our cat, Penny, had something she was hovering near. Investigating, we found what looked like a small alien. It was less than 2" long. Not at all certain what to do with it, or even what it was (to be honest), we sat down to do a little research. We couldn't just put this helpless creature out in the yard to be eaten by some hungry beast (we are pretty rural and that was very likely to happen). After being told by the rescue center to leave it under a tree and hope the mom would come back for it, my BFF, Sue, decided to try to help this little guy along. 
She fed him (kitten formula) by eyedropper every couple of hours, even setting alarms in the middle of the night. She kept him in a shoebox with a heating pad and old t-shirts to keep him warm.  Now Rod actually looks like a little squirrel and hops around my house on a regular basis. Here is a short 1 minute video of his first 6 weeks of life... 
When we called the rescue, we were told that most baby squirrels die in the first few days of being raised by humans. This little guy beat the odds and we are now prepping him for a life outside...   


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Comment balloon 5 commentsMelissa Marro • October 04 2012 02:20PM


That is special, we had to cut some trees and had to save a nest and put them into another tree. Hopefully they survived and the mother found them.

Posted by Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.) almost 7 years ago

That is so heart-warming! Little Rod is Adorable!

Posted by Tamra Lee Ulmer, FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD! (Arizona Resource Realty) almost 7 years ago
Wow I've always wondered what baby squirrels looked like. Very cool.
Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) almost 7 years ago

Melissa - What an amazing story.  So Penny the cat hasn't tried to eat Rod the squirrel? 

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) almost 7 years ago

Winston - I've heard the mother will come and get them if she can. For us, we had so many trees AND the cat moved it, so we had no idea even what part of the yard to put the little guy.

Tamra - Thank you. We think so... 

Jeanne & Ralph - We didn't know either. It's sort of crazy how long it took for him to actually look like a squirrel

Sally - The cats really don't care about him. What we can't decide is if she brought him home to save him, or just to save him for later.


Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) almost 7 years ago

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