I hope you guys are well.
Yesterday, as I was leaving my house, a squirrel almost fell on top of me. Yup, a squirrel and of course I squealed because 1. it caught me by surprise and 2. it’s a wild animal that could possibly bite me. It didn’t scurry away immediately afterwards, just hung from the side of the staircase, hiding from me. Since I was on my way to pick up my daughter from school, I figured it would be gone by the time I got back. Guess what? It was still there when I got back. “What the hell?, I thought. Why hasn’t it scurried away? Is it hurt? Is his tail stuck?” I was able to open the front door and get my daughter inside safely because it was hiding from us. When I got upstairs I couldn’t stop thinking about the squirrel. I looked out my window and it was still there. Then I thought, “What’s the landlord going to do to it once he comes home from work?” I honestly didn’t know so I called 311, which turned out to be a bust. Then it hit me, call PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)! A quick search online to their homepage http://www.peta.org/ provided me with a contact number. I spoke with Sarah who took down notes and asked me for pictures of our little critter outside, which I provided without hesitation.
I took these pics from my window. I zoomed in with my camera and then uploaded the pics and emailed Sarah.
There was no one around so we figured that the squirrel might be injured or stuck because he was still there for several hours after he fell. Sarah contacted me and told me that a volunteer would be stopping by to check on the squirrel. I thought that was pretty cool and twenty minutes later a PETA volunteer, Rosa and her friend came and they kindly coaxed the squirrel out of that spot, but he made his way down to the space where you see that black mat above in the pictures. According to Rosa and her friend, because I was cowering behind the front entryway door, he was holding onto a stick that was in the corner of the space. She stated that he was a baby squirrel so he was probably scared or possibly injured. Rosa and her friend decided that it would be a good idea to give the squirrel some time to make its way out on its own so they promised to return the following day and check to see if it was still there. Did I mention how kind these women were? No, sorry. They were very kind and I thanked them greatly for taking time in helping this little squirrel. Right after they left the landlord came home and I decided to let him know because I didn’t want him stumbling upon the squirrel. He went to check and lo and behold our little critter was gone. I was so happy, plus the landlord said that if he would have found the squirrel injured, he would have taken care of it! Awesome to know! I immediately emailed Sarah to update and thank her and I asked her to relay the message to Rosa as well.
Is it stupid to care about a squirrel? I don’t think so, but to each his own. I just couldn’t stop thinking about the little critter and PETA is a wonderful organization that truly cares for every single animal. Their response was great. I was very impressed. Thank you Sarah, Rosa, and friend!
Take good care all.
Until next time…