We all need a little help from a friend sometimes. This squirrel was in exactly that type of situation when a woman just happened to walk by while she was doing recycling.
It was a good thing that she was there. The squirrel gained a new hero on that day.
And they both found a friend.
Stuck in a barrel
Security camera footage captured a squirrel swimming in endless circles in a barrel full of water. He couldn’t escape the bucket, so he just kept swimming for his life to stay on the surface and avoid drowning.
A woman carrying a pile of recycling exited the building that the barrel was next to and walked right by, not noticing the squirrel.
Anyone watching would have been biting their nails at that point, wondering if she would see him in time or of the small animal’s struggle to survive would end before anyone noticed.
Luckily, the same woman walked by the barrel a second time on her way back from dropping off the stack of cardboard.
She kept going right by it that second time as well. As soon as she had walked by, a sound or the realization that she had seen movement finally hit her. She turned around to see the struggling squirrel still swimming in circles in the freezing cold water.
She didn’t hesitate even for a moment.
The woman immediately tipped over the bucket, emptying the water and releasing the squirrel as well as a few pieces of trash that had been floating in the top of the bucket with him.
The freed squirrel quickly ran for a tree.
It seemed that the rescue was successful until she noticed the condition that the squirrel was in.
Still in need of a friend
The squirrel had started to climb a tree, but he just couldn’t make it all the way up. He was too exhausted. He was attached to the tree at about our shoulder level, and he wasn’t moving.
His rescuer knew that she needed to do more for the frozen squirrel. She went inside and returned with a blanket for him. After only a couple of attempts, she was able to grab the squirrel from the tree. He was just too cold to run away.
She wrapped him in the blanket and placed him on a heating pad inside the building, surrounding the little squirrel with peanuts and small pieces of carrot.
However, things didn’t look good for the little squirrel. He didn’t move, and she wasn’t sure if he was going to make it. She left him alone for a few hours while she got some other things done.
When she returned, he was full of life again, bouncing around the rooms and looking for an exit. The squirrel was ready to get back outside and do whatever it is that squirrels do.
She opened the door and let him go back to his home.
The squirrel doesn’t seem to have forgotten her kindness. Knowing that she is a friend – one who rescued him, nursed him back to health, and then gave him his freedom – he now trusts this one very special human.
He has been coming to visit his new friend ever since that day.
His life was saved, and they both gained a friend.
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