Man rescued squirrel that fell off of his building’s roof, it ends up becoming a part of the family

"By the time he was healed, he didn't want to leave"
July 8, 2018 2:43 pm Last Updated: July 9, 2018 5:29 am

There are certain animals that you probably shouldn’t put in the same room together. Perhaps the most infamous animal combination is the house cat and the rodent.

Cats are not only excellent at hunting this prey, they also take pride in it, often offering their owners mice as gifts.

Yet there are exceptions to this, including Coco the cat whose reaction to a newfound squirrel in her life has to be seen to be believed!

Decan Andersen rescued a squirrel who had fallen off the roof of his building.

About four years ago, 37-year-old Decan Andersen of Denmark noticed something strange outside his window: a one-month-old squirrel falling off the roof of his building!

Seeing the tiny creature hit a branch before collapsing down into the ground, Andersen knew he had to run out and check on him. He discovered a nasty gash in the squirrel’s chest.

The little guy’s mom came down, looked at him, and assumed he was too injured to survive, so turned her attention back to her other babies. Andersen couldn’t just let the baby squirrel die, so he took matters into his own hands. He brought the squirrel up to his apartment and called local wildlife officials and a veterinarian.

He brought the creature into his apartment where it met his cat Coco.

#repost happy mother's day ❤️. To my beloved mother, Coco. I was in so much pain, both mentally and physically . I was so, so cold. My mom had left me, she gave up on me. Next thing I knew, I was laying with a cat. But I wasn't scared. Not even a little. I could feel your warm, soft fur. Your loving and caring purring. You washed my wounds with such care and tenderness, hugged me so tightly, I was safe. You loved me, you didn't give up on me. I was back on my feet in no time, and even though you were in pain yourself, you still put up with my crazyness. You didn't give up on me. You were always there, watching over me. Making sure no harm would come to me again. Until, until one day. As soon as I woke up, I rushed over to play with you. But you didn't wake up. You were all cold and still. Paps was crying a lot and I tried to tell him you were just sleeping. Paps told me you wouldn't wake up again and that he had to take you away from me. Tiger called and looked for you for days on end. We still miss you mom, every day. But Tiger is doing a great job of protecting me outside. You would be so proud of him! We're doing great mom, I wish you were here. Look at me now mom, I'm famous! Thank you for not giving up on me, i love you mom. ❤️🐿️ #nohashtagneeded

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To give the squirrel some motherly love, Andersen introduced the squirrel to his cat Coco while he made the phone calls.

Coco didn’t pounce, bite, or show any signs of aggression at all. Instead she nuzzled up to the squirrel and licked him. Andersen’s heart was warmed by what he saw but knew that her help alone wasn’t enough to save the squirrel.

He brought the creature to the veterinarian who, according to The Dodo, gave him a very low chance of survival. Still, Andersen was determined to help and unwilling to give up.

He brought the squirrel, who he named Tintin, back to his home to recover. He nursed him, cleaned his wounds, and even made a little t-shirt out a sock for him to keep him from scratching the wound. Over several weeks, Tintin healed but he also grew rather fond of Andersen’s place.

“By the time he was healed, he didn’t want to leave,” Andersen told The Dodo.

While it’s usually illegal to domesticate red squirrels in Denmark, Tintin’s official website notes that Andersen was granted special permission from the Danish wildlife preservation to keep him, because, by this time, Tintin was no longer afraid of humans—or cats!

The squirrel is now a full-on family member.

Tintin became a full-on family member alongside Coco, Tiger, Andersen, and his two kids. As such, he’s afforded free reign of the apartment and goes out on walks while in a special harness to keep him safe from predators.

Coco the cat became Tintin’s surrogate mom and outdoor protector, and when she sadly passed away in 2016, Tiger, Andersen’s male cat, took on the role, though slightly more reluctantly!

The image of a grown man walking a squirrel is a pretty funny one and you can see lots of pictures of it on Tintin’s Instagram account, which has 117,000 followers.

“With so much negativity in the world, I thought it could help lift people up,” he said.

Tintin has certainly helped lift him and his family up!

“He makes people forget about their troubles for a moment so they can laugh and smile,” Andersen said. “He’s certainly brought light and enjoyment to me and my family. We have a special bond and are pretty much together, 24/7.”

Congratulations, Tintin. Your mother may have left you behind but you found family all the same.