Unfortunately, terrible accidents involving animals happen all the time and this poor squirrel from New Brunswick, Canada was about to lose all hope. Somehow, the four-footer managed to get himself stuck in insulation foam, which covered up his entire body including the eyes and nostrils after the foam dried.
Not being able to see where he was going, he eventually found a spot underneath a car. The animal was in desperate need of help.
Jaydon Pettipas and Aidan Hart, two young teenagers, suddenly noticed a lot of attention and people around the car where the squirrel was hiding. They immediately decided to take a look and try to get the squirrel out of there, but the animal was practically unrecognizable.
He looked absolutely atrocious, and it could come straight out of a movie with mutants. The foam insulation was extremely strong and all dried up – there was no way of removing it without hurting the poor little thing in the process. The squirrel was barely breathing but had nowhere near enough strength to move on his own.
The teens were heartbroken and wanted to do everything in their power to help this poor guy out.
They knew that the chances of survival were rather slim, and acted on instinct. One of them immediately went to a grocery store to find a crate or a box to put the poor animal in, while phone calls were made to family and friends asking what the best thing would be to do.
Luckily, one of the mothers was able to get in touch with a vet clinic and offered to drive there in order to try and save the squirrel’s life.
“After calling a few people for help, one of the boys’ moms finally called me at the vet clinic,” Dr. Melanie Eagan the St. George Veterinary Clinic said to The Dodo.
The veterinarian wasn’t sure what to do without seeing the squirrel in person, so the whole group then drove a little over twenty miles to the George Veterinary Clinic.
They were hopeful that Dr. Eagan would be able to get off all the insulation foam, but they also realized that it didn’t look too good and chances of survival weren’t all that optimistic. When the doctor finally saw the stuck animal in person, she almost couldn’t believe that he was still breathing.
“He could hardly move and, really, I’m amazed he was still alive — the foam was blocking off most of his mouth and nostrils,” the vet recalls. “He could move his back legs just a bit, but the rest of his body was literally cemented into place.”
In order to try and remove all of the foam, the squirrel had to be sedated.
The doctor meticulously used rubbing alcohol along with a thin flea comb to try and get rid of the dried up foam, piece by piece. Even though the squirrel wasn’t exactly big, the whole process definitely took a while. When all of the foam was finally removed after an hour, everyone was relieved. And luckily, the squirrel seemed in much better shape than expected.
“It took about an hour,” Dr. Eagan told. “There were some patches of fur gone and some abrasions on his skin, but in the end he didn’t look too bad!”
It was a massive difference compared to the state he was in, with the insulation barely letting the squirrel breathe. If these teens didn’t drop everything and helped out this squirrel in need, he probably wouldn’t have made it.
To make sure the squirrel was alright, Dr. Eagan didn’t leave his side for the next few hours.
The poor animal was exhausted and quickly fell asleep after he was wrapped up in some comfy blankets. The four-footer woke up hours later and was as energetic as ever, and he seemed ready to take on the world again. The vet then let him loose back in the open, and he immediately climbed up a tree and joyfully went his own way.
“He was pretty excited to get out of the clinic and up a tree. If it hadn’t been for those teenage boys, he would not have lived,” the doctor concluded.
What an amazing rescue story!
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Source: The Dodo