One day, a man came home to find that a mother squirrel had made a nest of twigs, pine needles and pine cones in his bed for his two newborn squirrels.
Wildlife rehabilitators Christina and Michael were called to this unusual incident, and tried to reunite the babies with their mother. However, she was busy collecting materials for the nest and had no intention of taking the babies with her. Eventually, she stopped coming.
Unfortunately, one of the babies did not survive, and after some advice from a veterinarian, it was determined that the other baby would not survive on its own either. So Christina and Michael adopted Thumbelina.
Let’s just say that Thumbelina was special from the beginning. Because of her unusual birth and the loss of her sister, she had to grow up alone without interacting with other squirrels.
Everything was slow with her. Other babies have no interest in milk as soon as they taste real food, but Thumb was a big baby with a bottle. She wasn’t interested in jumping and climbing, she walked instead of running and sat instead of climbing.
Despite their efforts to introduce her to other squirrels, she never wanted to have anything to do with them. “I don’t know what she thinks she is, but definitely not a squirrel,” said one of her owners.
Now Thumbelina is a happy squirrel who spends her time at peace with her owners, even if she occasionally gets into trouble. She likes sweet peas, arugula, and avocado. And she hates going outside, the cold, other squirrels and the vacuum cleaner.