mother cat adopts baby squirrel
Gallery: Cat nurses baby squirrel as one of her own
BANGOR TOWNSHIP, MI — Bailee Schultz was catching frogs in a wooded area of his grandparents’ Bangor Township backyard several weeks ago when he heard something crying.
The 8-year-old ran inside sobbing to find his grandparents, Nowell and Stephanie Box, afraid that whatever was making the noise was dying.
When they went out to investigate, they found a baby squirrel among the leaves and pine needles on the ground. Stephanie Box said the squirrel appeared to be less than a week old because it had not yet opened its eyes. In the tree above them, she could see the squirrel’s nest.
“I was a little leery to pick it up at first, ” Stephanie said. “I picked it up in a coffee can.”
Box decided to try placing the squirrel with her cat, Oreo, who had recently given birth to a litter of five kittens. They put the squirrel, which Bailee has christened “Bushytail, ” in the “cat house, ” a straw-lined wooden house on stilts where Oreo was nursing her kittens. When they checked on the squirrel the next day, they saw him nursing side-by-side with his feline step-siblings. The Boxes have also seen Oreo licking the squirrel like she does the kittens.
“I didn’t even think about the cat eating him until one of my kids mentioned it awhile later, ” Stephanie said.
Oreo has not fully accepted Bushytail as one of the family, although she tolerates him.
“Two days ago the mom moved her babies but left the squirrel here, ” Nowell said, gesturing to the cat house. “We looked for a day and a half for the babies. When we found them, we moved them back here.”
Now the family keeps a close eye on Oreo and will not let her move the babies again until the squirrel is old enough to find food on its own.
For now, they said, Bushytail enjoys burrowing under his step-siblings to keep warm.
“The grandkids really got a kick out of it, ” Nowell Box said. “We have 14 grandkids, so each cat has 14 different names.”
When Bushytail can fend for himself, he will be able to come and go as he pleases.
“He’ll be as free as any of the cats, ” Nowell said, referring to the several cats that roam the wooded lot.what does dreaming of a horse mean How are tips taxed federally What dirty tricks will the democrats pull next what does fragrance mean what does a red candle mean what does mechanical mean what does no change fees mean Tips and tricks how to.com How to watch coda without apple tv+ How to do tricks in mx vs atv reflex pc How to delete your facebook account How to get free money on cash app How to make a splash potion How to power pump How nfl tricks you How to create a podcast? How to get through to the irs How to broil salmon? How to increase water pressure in shower Tips on how to buy and sell stocks How to make chunky knit blanket How to get drivers license what does mystical mean How to refresh browser? How to calculate mean in excel? How to retrieve deleted messages on android? How to sneak out? What to do with beef tenderloin tips Youtube how to do easy magic tricks what does rio mean in top gun what does the prefix dis mean what time does euphoria season 2 episode 2 come out How to update drivers How do card tricks trick the brain what does dietary supplement mean what does instantaneous mean How to get rid of hemorrhoids fast How to claim tips in washington state what does if its up its stuck mean How to hold a golf club? Tips for teachers who dont have their own room How to hand wash clothes what are the best wireless earbuds what are pasteles How to do tricks in mario kart wii with classic Tips on how to sale a phone for wireless what does me gusta mean How to fold long sleeve shirts? Tips on how to fill out a college application what does a ct scan machine look like what does descend mean in math How to get rid of palmetto bugs Unity avatar tips when move How to cook lamb chops what does photosynthesis produce what does management mean How to tie windsor knot How to make barbecue sauce? what does a cfo do What causes garlic plants to turn brown from the tips? How to clean scalp with cotton tips How to make a painting in minecraft? what is wokeness mean in politics Tips on how to improve your marriage Tips how to protect my car tire from busted How to find the volume of a triangular prism How to make a girl orgasm How to activate apple card Movie where husband tricks wife mentally How to be smart? what time does chuck e cheese close what are signs of stomach cancer How many tips should a 7ft tree have what shapes are parallelograms What are some tricks to learn java quickly? How to add tips to speaker wires How to combine pdf files mac? Tips on how to tab a blue book How to write an appeal letter? what does og mean on tiktok what does commentary mean what does 5g uc mean tmobile How to read guitar sheet music How to split tips on square How to w what does ahuevo mean How to maximize tips as a server what are you doing in german How to change my facebook password? How to brine pork chops? what percentage of americans are millionaires what does bat poop look like How to bake chicken tenders How to use cluster horizontal analysis on spss How long does it take for probiotics to work? What percentage tips must be claimed in michigan How to lose stomach fat? what does a purple fence in the south mean General ledger where do i post charged tips for my restaurant How do you do tricks in destiny srl How to fix running toilet How to fix damaged hair on the tips what does m/ mean How to remove cs go tips How to make a game on roblox Tips on how to cool your home Shim lim how to do magic tricks How long to boil asparagus How to drink water? How to maintain 'stabilized wood drip tips what does the bible say about astrology How to clean hairbrush How to cut tile what does sedition charges mean How to start an only fans what does hava nagila mean How can a barback maximize tips what does the percent chance of rain mean