Lisa Reichel and her family were scared.
They'd found a baby squirrel that had fallen out of a tree and tried to save it. A wildlife expert told them to use a dropper to try and see if the baby squirrel would drink some of the nutrition it would need to live.
The squirrel wouldn't take it though.
If they didn't act quickly, the squirrel would die.
That's when Lisa Reichel thought about her cat, Jingles.
See, Jingles had just had a litter and Reichel had a hunch that if she shoved the baby squirrel under the teat of Jingles, the baby squirrel just might latch on and get the life-saving nutrients it needed from the milk.
She was right.
Reichel gently encouraged the hesitant Jingles to take on the newborn squirrel.
“I thought maybe, if I snuck that squirrel in there underneath her other kittens, that it could find a place to latch on and nurse from her and that she wouldn’t mind, if she didn’t notice it,” Reichel said.
Jingles reluctantly accepted the squirrel. Now she licks and nurses the squirrel as one of her kittens.
In the two weeks that followed, the infant squirrel has thrived. He nearly has doubled in size since Reichel placed him in the tub with Jingles and her kittens Aug. 11, she said.
Too bad the article goes on to say she could be in trouble with the state of Ohio for illegally raising a wild animal. Don't these guys have souls? Who can look at that picture and not just melt.
Reichel, though urged by many to bring the animal to a wildlife facility, is happy continuing to help the squirrel on her own.
“They have their rules and they don’t pertain to us. He’s doing fine. He would have died if we hadn’t helped him. We appreciate their advice, but we’ll take care of him the best we can."
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