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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Family Adopts A Squirrel And Turns Him Into A House Pet (20 pics)

Squirrels aren't usually the type of animals that people keep as a house pet but this family in Finland decided to take one in after they found him badly injured. They named it Arttu and he lived with the family for 6 happy years before he passed away.

The baby squirrel was found injured by the side of a road
“When it seemed like he had recovered, we tried to release him back to the wild but he fell from a tree and hit a rock”

“He survived, but we realized that his eye would never heal completely and he wouldn’t survive on his own”
“His name was Arttu (pretty much the Finnish version of ‘Arthur’)”
“We were very surprised how ‘tame’ he became”

“He liked to have playful ‘fights’ with our hands (you know, like cats do) and he was smart enough not to bite too hard”

“He also liked to take naps in our pockets”
“He even recognized his ‘family’ and became very wary if there were strangers nearby”

“[We fed him] nuts, fruits, berries and mushrooms”
Even when they let him go, he always came back – “He stayed there for a while and then jumped back to my shoulder”

“Squirrel’s claws grow all the time so we had to occasionally cut them because he couldn’t wear them out naturally”
The flash in this photo reveals the glow of his good eye…
…while this one shows his gray and cloudy blind eye
“He died of old age. One morning I found him dead, curled up in his ‘nest’ like he was sleeping”


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