Animals can form strong bonds with humans. Even if animals aren’t domesticated, some of them have shown attachments to particular individuals. And the squirrel in this story found lifelong friends with a wonderful family. Nine years ago, Brantly Harrison and her family saved a 4-week-old squirrel after it was seriously injured from an owl attack. The poor squirrel was in very bad shape, but the family took her back to their home and nursed her back to health.
They named the squirrel Bella and fed her fruit and nuts while protecting her until she was ready to be sent back into the wild in the spring of 2010. They thought that was the end of the story, but they couldn’t have been more wrong.
Bella was very grateful to her saviors, and since has returned to the family home regularly over the past 8 years to visit the family. She would wait by the window, looking for somebody to see her. She even hung out with them in the garden!
“Bella sits right at the front door waiting for someone to notice she has come by for a visit. She has even resorted to jumping over to the dining room window to peer in for someone to see her.”
Bella has become a part of the family over the years. But one day, the family was surprised to see her come back again with an injured foot.
She understood that she was in safe hands with the family, so they took her back in treated her wounds until she was fit again. Just as Bella looked ready to be sent to the wild, they looked into her cage to find a huge surprise.
Bella had delivered three tiny babies! The family was really happy to see the tiny squirrel they raised have babies of her own. Bella probably wanted to share her joy with the people who saved her, and perhaps also provide a safe space for her babies to grow.
What a heartwarming story! It’s amazing how long a little love can go with anybody—even animals of different species!