Tintin the squirrel was only 5-weeks-old when he fell down a big, tall tree and into someone’s backyard.
A man named Decan found the squirrel with a deep cut along its chest, so he took him in to nurse him back to health. He named the squirrel Tintin, and made him a sweater out of some old socks, so he wouldn’t be able to scratch his wounds.
Decan introduced Tintin to the Coco housecat and, though wary at first, they warmed up to each other—both figuratively and literally.
Coco nursed Tintin as if he were her own, and kept Tiger, her brother, away from the squirrel because he was too young and fragile.
Soon enough, Tintin was happy and healthy and all was well.
But then one day, Tintin and Tiger found Coco cold and still, and she would not wake up. The loss of Coco was heartbreaking for both of them, but they stuck together.
Eventually, the two of them became best friends, and Tiger would always protect Tintin out on the streets. The two of them often go out to play, and Tiger would sneak around, checking bushes for other cats or animals that might try to pounce on Tintin like a snack.
Now, Tintin is 3-years-old, and has a great following on social media.
“I’m pretty smart for a little guy. I can solve puzzles, understand what people say to me, and I can even sense if people are feeling bad or sick,” his biography states.
When Decan takes Tintin outside, he leaves a long leash to keep him safe. He explains on his website that squirrels are not meant to be pets, and Tintin does require a lot of time outside. Yet, he has never tried to leave, and always comes back into the house.
He’s tried to provide Tintin with “a warm and loving home, with the best of both worlds.”