Man Finds Tiny, Unknown Body Curled Up On The Sidewalk, Then Discovers It’s A Baby Squirrel

Three years ago, Jeff Longo was minding his own business while walking down the sidewalk one day when he suddenly stopped. There in front of him lay a teeny-tiny baby animal clearly in bad shape.

He had no idea what this tiny creature even was, but Jeff knew its future would be grim if he didn’t intervene.

So he scooped it up, took it home, and went online to see if he could identify and learn to care for it.

As it turned out, the animal — a female that Jeff had started calling Biscuits — was a southern flying squirrel, a nocturnal creature native to the forests of the Eastern U.S.

He researched the best ways to care for her, and soon started bottle-feeding her a mixture of puppy formula and heavy cream.

Caring for a wild animal comes with its own set of unique challenges, but because of traffic and predatory pets like cats, orphaned squirrels are not an uncommon occurrence.

But luckily, humans like Jeff are around to help out, and one vet even managed to rescue an entire family of orphaned baby squirrels.

Check out Jeff and Biscuits’ amazing story below, and see how one tiny squirrel can be a huge friend.

jeff and biscuits

When Jeff found her, Biscuits was only a few centimeters long and was in bad shape on the sidewalk in the sun. No place at all for a nocturnal animal! She must have fallen from a nest.

jeff and biscuits

So Jeff took her home. He consulted Reddit for advice, and many people didn’t have high hopes for Biscuits’ survival.

jeff and biscuits

But Jeff didn’t give up. He kept her close and began bottle-feeding her a combination of puppy formula and heavy cream.

jeff and biscuits

Slowly, she began to regain her strength and grow. Jeff brought her everywhere, including to his job, which apparently has a lax squirrel policy.

jeff and biscuits

Eventually, Biscuits opened her eyes.

jeff and biscuits

And she continued to grow at a healthy rate, all under Jeff’s watchful eye.

jeff and biscuits

She also developed a deep, special bond with Jeff. After all, he’s the only family she’s known, and he provides her with food, care, and love.

jeff and biscuits

She’s gained some step-siblings, too.

jeff and biscuits

Because of her upbringing, Biscuits can never return to the wild, but she seems OK with that.

“She runs around me like I’m a big tree, then jumps on things and then jumps back,” Jeff says.

jeff and biscuits

After all, she has this sweet handmade hammock to call home.

jeff and biscuits

And plenty of snacks.

jeff and biscuits

And she’s picked up a few human tricks, too!

jeff and biscuits

She’s growing up to be an adorable flying squirrel. Jeff says that raising a flying squirrel can be hectic, what with the gliding, but he doesn’t regret the decision he made three years ago.

jeff and biscuits

“I’m stuck with the little fluffball,” Jeff says.

Sometimes, even if the odds seem slim, amazing things can happen when you extend a little kindness.

If you know someone who might like this, please click “Share!”