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This Wild Squirrel Made A Nest For Her Baby In Her Rescuer’s Drawer And It’s Adorable
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This Wild Squirrel Made A Nest For Her Baby In Her Rescuer’s Drawer And It’s Adorable

It’s really hard to turn away when you find an injured person or animal. Simone Serfontein from South Africa definitely knows this feeling. In October of 2016, she found a baby squirrel who fell out of a tree and her mother was nowhere to be found. “When we found her, she was still a ‘pinky’ and a funny looking creature with no hair. She was around 5 – 6 days old when we picked her up. Ice cold and screaming for her mom who unfortunately never came back for her.” she told Bored Panda.

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Simone knew that the squirrel would never survive in the wild alone, so decided to raise her and named her Dingetjie

But no matter how cute these little animals are, “raising a Squirrel is definitely not an easy task,” Simone admits. “For the first few weeks I fed her every hour, even at night I normally set my alarm to feed her and help her with the ‘bathroom situation’,” she explained. For three whole months, Simone brought her new little friend to work and let Dingetjie sleep close to her body.

“I got her a small shoebox with some blankets inside, but she did not want to sleep in at all. She felt warm and safe with me and to this today she still sleeps in the bed with me.” Slowly Dingetjie has become a beloved pet. “We used to always take her with us when traveling and she always seemed to enjoy it. She would get out of her traveling cage in the car and get onto our shoulders and just enjoy the road trip with us.”

But Simone knew that she eventually would have to release her to the wild. And when that time came, Dingetjie decided that she didn’t want to say goodbye to her rescuer. After spending some time outside for the first time, she came back to the house she was raised in. Simone says, that allowing her to stay outside has become a daily routine. “Dingetjie almost always came back in the evening. There were only 3 nights when she slept outside but returned in the morning”.

When Dingetjie got pregnant, she chose to make a nest in Simone’s house

Instead of a tree, the squirrel picked out a drawer in the house and made a nest in it out of toilet paper.

However, her first pregnancy was complicated. “She was not ready, and the natural instincts did not kick in as it should have. She fell asleep during birth and we had to keep her awake and help her get the baby out. This process took about an hour and the baby did not turn and come out tail first. We knew the baby was not alive and still had some hope but unfortunately, it was stillborn.”

But things went a lot better with her second pregnancy. “We noticed that she’s quite fat but overall she was always bigger than the normal female tree squirrel. It was only a few weeks before she gave birth that I felt and saw the baby moving in her tummy.”

In April she gave birth to Tinkie in the nest she made in Simone’s closet. Sadly Dingetjie’s baby passed away a few months later. Last year, in September, she gave birth to another baby – Mistie. And once again Simone had a chance to raise a baby squirrel because Dingetjie was not producing any milk.

Here are some photos of how cute her babies looks

Today Simone share a beautiful bond with both Dingetjie and her baby. Let’s just hope that this beautiful friendship will last a long time!

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L Venn
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3 years ago

'Dingetjie' means 'Little thing' in Afrikaans.

Amaranthim Talon
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3 years ago

Thank you!

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Ishi Ishi
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3 years ago

I had a pet squirrel as a kid. It got kicked out of it's nest because it had seizures. The squirrel ate and pooped in the correct places right away. It greated me like a dog. Slept with me at night. Was never locked up. Was allowed to go outside and always came back in. I was amazed at how easily it became my pet. One day a seizure took it's life.

BusLady
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3 years ago

Oh, no. That's so sad. But you will always remember your time with her. 😥

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Sharon Palmer
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3 years ago

What an absolutely gorgeous little fur family you have, love them! Her failure to look after her own litters is most likely because she sees herself as a furry human, not a squirrel and with having no maternal contact from her own mother she doesn't have natural maternal instincts. That being said, well done for nurturing such a young baby, that is definitely dedication! I did it with 2 feral kittens that were abandoned by their mother at a week old. Her nest in a stack of pallets was disturbed and she didn't go back. The guys were worried rats would eat them so I took them in. They lived in a shoe box too

BusLady
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3 years ago

We rescued a kitten like that. Her mother was feral and she took the rest of the litter out, but left one behind. I was cleaning out my storage shed and the dogs kept barking. She was a feisty one and it was hard to get her out. We called her Little Debbie. I do miss her.

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L Venn
Community Member
3 years ago

'Dingetjie' means 'Little thing' in Afrikaans.

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
3 years ago

Thank you!

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Ishi Ishi
Community Member
3 years ago

I had a pet squirrel as a kid. It got kicked out of it's nest because it had seizures. The squirrel ate and pooped in the correct places right away. It greated me like a dog. Slept with me at night. Was never locked up. Was allowed to go outside and always came back in. I was amazed at how easily it became my pet. One day a seizure took it's life.

BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh, no. That's so sad. But you will always remember your time with her. 😥

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Sharon Palmer
Community Member
3 years ago

What an absolutely gorgeous little fur family you have, love them! Her failure to look after her own litters is most likely because she sees herself as a furry human, not a squirrel and with having no maternal contact from her own mother she doesn't have natural maternal instincts. That being said, well done for nurturing such a young baby, that is definitely dedication! I did it with 2 feral kittens that were abandoned by their mother at a week old. Her nest in a stack of pallets was disturbed and she didn't go back. The guys were worried rats would eat them so I took them in. They lived in a shoe box too

BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago

We rescued a kitten like that. Her mother was feral and she took the rest of the litter out, but left one behind. I was cleaning out my storage shed and the dogs kept barking. She was a feisty one and it was hard to get her out. We called her Little Debbie. I do miss her.

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