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Baby flying squirrel rescued and befriends man and his dogs (PHOTOS)

Dogsarefamily_thumb By Dogs Are Family | December 16, 2013 | Comments (4)

A man rescued a baby southern flying squirrel that he found abandoned on a sidewalk. After several months of hand-rearing her, he has decided to keep her.

Baby flying squirrel rescued and befriends man and his dogs (PHOTOS)

He has named her Biscuits and she has befriended his two dogs. Redditor 3sgtejeff told DogHeirs, "She gets along great with the dogs. I introduced them right off the bat...so they knew she was some type of baby I was taking care of."

Baby flying squirrel rescued and befriends man and his dogs (PHOTOS)

"My little doxy/beagle mix would growl at the other dog if he got too close. They are both enamored with her. They don't try to bite her at all, and she has no problem using them as a stepping stone to get where she needs to go. I just watch them because my rescue chiweenie gets over excited sometimes and I just have to make sure he's calm so he doesn't smush her. Other than that, they love following her around and will watch her non-stop if she is jumping around."

Baby flying squirrel rescued and befriends man and his dogs

Here's the rest of Biscuits' rescue story.

"I found her half dead, lying on the sidewalk in the Florida sun. I posted pictures on Reddit that day and had a bunch of know it alls tell me she would die, because I am not an animal rehabber...Well Biscuits is about 3 months old now and is super awesome...and healthy. Her favorite food is pecans and she enjoys jumping on everything and terrorizing the dogs."

Baby flying squirrel rescued and befriends man and his dogs

3sgtejeff says when he first saved Biscuits he didn't know if she would survive. "I honestly didn't expect her to live through the first weekend."

Baby flying squirrel rescued and befriends man and his dogs

She needed around-the-clock care and feeding. "It definitely wasn''t easy. She was on me nearly 24/7 and needed food every 2 hours." He fed her esbilac puppy formula and heavy cream.

Baby flying squirrel rescued and befriends man and his dogs

Because she needed constant care he took her to work every day for 2 months. 

Baby flying squirrel rescued and befriends man and his dogs

"During the day, she will travel with me anywhere and pretty much just sleep in my pocket. I'm trying to potty train her...but thankfully she doesnt make too much of a mess."

Baby flying squirrel rescued and befriends man and his dogs

He said the flying squirrel has become quite attached. "If they are introduced to a lot of people when they are young they are friendly towards everyone...they bond very closely to the people who care for it."

Baby flying squirrel rescued and befriends man and his dogs

His dog Mayonnaise loves watching Biscuits. "He would watch her sleep for hours when she was teeny...he wouldn't take his eyes off of her."

Baby flying squirrel rescued and befriends man and his dogs

She's now big enough to play with his dogs. "Right now she is teasing the dogs running circles around the couch."

Baby flying squirrel rescued and befriends man and his dogs

For now Biscuits is staying with her adopted family. But should things change, 3sgtejeff says that he will respect the tiny squirrel's wishes. "If that day comes and she gets tired of hanging out with dogs and a person, I will take the necessary steps to prep her for the real world."

 

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Comments on this Article

that has got to be the cutest lil fluffy ball I've ever seen! I love stories like these, makes me smile and warms the heart :)
So sweet! Thank you to the man who rescued and nursed her back to health!
Awww what a cute story. Not an easy 2 months you had but one that was worth every moment. Cheers to your effort! Thanks for sharing your story. :)
First of all I know pretty much next to nothing about flying squirrels except for the memory of a few documentaries in the distant past. The way I see it is this squirrel had no chance if this man had done nothing. So for putting in the time and effort to give this little life a chance I say very well done. As for my dogs they have a very different perspective when it comes to anything called a squirrel. I'm glad that your dogs are a little more tolerant. Thanks for sharing your story.
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