Jeff Longo from Florida was outside when he saw a little critter stuck to the hot Tampa sidewalk, not looking well at all.
The newborn was the size of his pinky finger, and it was about to die.
He shared a photo of it on Reddit, unsure what kind of squirrel it was.
But instead of help, he said “a bunch of know-it-alls tell me she would die because I am not an animal rehabber.”
Longo didn’t let that slow him down; he fed the baby some puppy formula mixed with heavy cream—and nursed it back to health.
The critter turned out to be a healthy, nocturnal, flying squirrel.
And Longo named her Biscuits.
For three months, he kept Biscuits in his shirt pocket, feeding it formula via bottle.
“The dogs love her! I just have to watch them so they don’t accidentally squish her,” Longo said.
“When she first started becoming mobile, she escaped,” Longo said. “I found her in the bathtub in the morning.”
“She runs around me like I’m a big tree,” he said. “Then jumps on things then jumps back, gets excited, starts chirping—rinse and repeat.”
Biscuit loves her home with Longo, and he says it’s clear she wouldn’t be able to survive in the wild.
She’s too used to humans and he’s worried she would get squished too easily left to fend for herself.
“I’m stuck with the little fluffball.”
(All photos 3sgtejeff/imgur)