Squirrels are some of the most playful creatures around, and there’s not much in the world that is more entertaining than watching a squirrel bounding around in the fallen leaves. Sadly, many people view them as nothing more than a pest. Luckily for one little squirrel, Brantly Harrison and her family are true animal lovers!
In 2009, Brantly and her family found an injured four-week-old squirrel outside of their South Carolina home. The squirrel pup had been injured in an owl attack, and would surely not have survived if it hadn't been for the help of this caring family. They named the little pup Bella and began to rehabilitate her.
They gave her fruit and nuts, and kept her happy and healthy until the spring of 2010 when she was healthy enough to go free! They expected that it wouldn’t be long before she wandered away, and they would never see her again. Imagine their surprise when Bella continued to hang around! She would often hang out by the door and the window to the home, waiting for them to come hang out with her.
Whenever the family was outside in their yard, Bella would come play with them and just hang around her beloved family. She weaseled her way into the family and was soon always around whenever they went outside. That trust between Bella and her family paid off when she arrived at the door one day with an injured paw.
The family happily took her back in and worked on rehabilitating her carefully. They gave her antibiotics and made sure she retained the mobility she so desperately needed. However, when they began to prepare her to be returned to the wild, they never expected what they found in her temporary cage.
Inside, Bella had given birth to three little squirrel pups of her own! Brantly was now a grandmom to the squirrels! They helped raise Bella and her pups in an outdoor release cage until they could be released in the spring when there is plenty of food and water to go around. I think it’s safe to say that this little family is surely going to have generations of squirrel visitors for years to come.