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Squirrels are pretty adorable animals. My own father once videotaped baby squirrels in our yard for a good two hours. However, as cute as they are, squirrels are wild animals and should not be taken out of their own environment to become a household pet.

This is unfortunately what happened to one unnamed squirrel who’s story began “when a truck driver at an Interstate 80 rest stop near the Utah-Wyoming border lured her into a makeshift box trap,” reports the Wisconsin State Journal.

The squirrels at that stop have apparently become used to being fed by people, said Gayle Viney, spokeswoman for the Dane County Humane Society in Madison. The squirrel was given to a family in Wisconsin as a pet, who kept her for two months until they realized she should go back to her home.

A kind volunteer drove the squirrel back home from Wisconsin to Utah “in a a crate with a little hiding box inside, hay, and other natural items to help her feel safe,” says the Wisconsin State Journal.

She is now residing at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah, where sanctuary workers are trying to trick her out of hibernating. Due to improper care, she does not have the necessary body weight to survive hibernation, reports The Northwestern.

Thankfully, this story has a happy ending so far, with the morale of the story being of course, just leave wildlife in the wild. Although, if you find a squirrel in your bag of mulch, nursing it back to health like this person did would be the right thing to do.

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6 comments on “Squirrel Returns Home Safely After Being Abducted (Squirrel-napped!)”

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Toni Alex
3 Years Ago

The only cute squirrel is a dead squirrel.


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Melissa Duarte
03 Dec 2013

That's not nice!!

Toni Alex
03 Dec 2013

Actually I agree. It is not nice when these cuties camp out in your attic, destroy wiring and insulation, use the wood that holds up your roof to build their nests.

Gail Quattlebaum
3 Years Ago

This past summer, I raised twin squirrels and then a set of triplets that were orphaned or abandoned. The first thing they saw when they opened their eyes was me, "mamma". The older of them, the twins, were released late summer. They live in a nest they made in the trees in our yard. Every day they come to visit. The triplets were moved to a big wire cage when older, and the twins had left. One dug out and escaped, so I set out to put him back with his siblings until I thought he was old enough to make it. Lured him with a pecan - grabbed him where I thought he couldn't bite. . He bit the $(!+ out of my finger! Moral: even if you are Mamma, they want freedom more than anything!! He visits every day, as well, and he takes food from my hand. But I don't try to tell him what to do now!


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Donna Aylesworth Furano
3 Years Ago

I have 3 wild squirrels,since they were babies,who I feed every day,come rain or snow,out side in their own environment.im only here to make sure they don't go hungry and try to keep them as safe as possible,without interfering or intruding in their wild lives.


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Sarah Angello
3 Years Ago

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