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Students rescue frozen squirrel

January 12th, 2021

We just love this story and the video that accompanies it (which you can see down below). Everyone in it is so sweet and caring.

The parents of these students deserve a lot of credit for raising such empathetic animal-lovers.

The fur in the snow

Squirrels do pretty well for themselves in winter, but occasionally, temperatures dip so deep and so quickly that they can get caught out in the snow without enough resources to keep them warm.

And when a group of teens came across one such squirrel, they rushed over to help.

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It’s not clear what’s going on with the squirrel at first – it simply isn’t moving, even when multiple people come right up to it.

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“Should we, like, take it?” asked one of the boys.

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It was quickly followed by a confident response.

“This is a rescue mission.”

So one boy gently lifted the squirrel off the ground with his mittens.

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Off to safety

One girl among the crew can be heard expressing concern about whether or not the squirrel would make it, but her heroic pal put her at ease right away. In fact, he was sure they were going to be saving this squirrel’s life.

“If this squirrel dies, I’m actually gonna cry.”

Gently holding the squirrel to his chest he says:

“Don’t worry, we’re going to get it somewhere safe and warm.”

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There appears to be a group of 4-5 students on their way to or from school marching to safety with the frozen creature. And someone finally asks: why is the squirrel so cold if they’re supposed to be able to live outside?

They didn’t have answers, but they plodded ahead regardless.

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Finding an adult

Knowing there wasn’t much they could personally do for the squirrel, they went to find an adult to consult – a girl named Anna’s mom. (While the video says “Hannah, the person who shot the video later corrected it.)

They explained that they found the squirrel near the side of the road, under the snow, and not moving.

“Oh god, Anna,” was her first response.

And we had to laugh because it’s probably the first reaction that most parents would have if they saw a group of kids nestling a rodent and hoping they could save its life.

“I can’t just leave him,” Anna pleads.

At that point, there are enough students involved that they’re not going to take no for answer. So it appears Anna’s mom relented and let them take the squirrel into the garage.

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Finishing off the rescue

After gently setting the squirrel on a shelf, someone used a smartphone to illuminate the squirrel. And the creature seemed a little more alert (probably out of both warmth and fear – squirrels are pretty skittish!).

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Once it climbed in someone’s hair, they decided it was acting appropriately “squirrely” again. Thank goodness!

And for a moment, the squirrel almost looked like it was trying to explain to them what happened.

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After deeming it “a little sweetie” it was time for the group to figure out what to do with the creature.

Double-checking their work

After putting the squirrel in a shoebox (presumably with something to warm it up even further), the group decided to take the squirrel to a vet.

Their job is over once they sign him into the vet’s office.

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“Enjoy your life, squirrel,” one student says.

The video was uploaded in November of 2017 and since then, Jacky Pan, one of the students involved and the person who shot the video chimed in with the full story in the YouTube comments:

I’m here just to specify the true story… What happened was me and a group of friends were walking to “Hannah’s” house (her name is Anna) and we saw a squirrel lying in the snow, so we all approached it, and thought about what to do. As Anna picked up the squirrel I took out my phone to capture this. Later when we got to her house, we brought it into the play house to keep warm, while the other kids were looking for a vet’s office that was open. We then put the squirrel in a shoe box (with holes) and we delivered it to the vet. The vet happily took the squirrel in and I don’t think we’ve heard from the squirrel again. Fast forward a month, one of my class mates saw the video on the Snapchat dodo page and shared it with me, which then I freaked out and shared with the rest. 2 months later the video came back on again and another friend told me that it was also on YouTube. We must say thank you for the comments, this warms our heart and makes us feel so proud of finding that squirrel. I don’t think the squirrel would have survived if we wouldn’t have found it, but we did, and now its safe.

Be sure to scroll down below to see the sweet video footage taken by one of the rescuers.

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Source: YouTube – The Dodo, Twitter – The Dodo

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