We are often told not to meddle with wildlife, coming into contact with humans can often turn fatal for an animal. Their mother or group can reject them once they have been touched by people. For this reason, it’s very easy to walk past a small critter and simply ignore it.
There are circumstances, however, when a person just knows that if they keep walking, the small, vulnerable animal may not have much of a chance for survival. Jeff Longo had that predicament when he went for a stroll one day.
He had no idea what type of animal the small and grey creature was. Jeff just knew he couldn’t walk away. With a lot of patience and TLC, the small critter opened its eyes and was a strong healthy fur ball within three months of its rescue. Who knew a bearded guy could become a surrogate mom.
Jeff Longo knew he couldn't leave the tiny creature on its own.
Longo took to Reddit to ask for advice how to nurse the tiny animal back to health.
Jeff was mostly told to forget about it as he had no previous experience rehabilitating an animal, let alone one so tiny.
Jeff was told the critter would die after he posted some photos online.
Instead, Jeff researched for ways to help his new friend get healthy and strong.
Jeff made the nocturnal animal baby bottles with puppy formula.
To make sure the creature would be eating, Jeff took it to work with him everyday.
He named her Lady Biscuit. Turns out the small animal is a flying squirrel.
Lady Biscuit has quickly become part of the family. The dogs love her but Jeff makes sure he is around at all times. He is not afraid the canines will eat Lady Biscuits, he is worried they may accidentally squish her.
"She has a big cage and semi free reign of the house when I'm available to supervise," says Jeff.
Lady Biscuit is very friendly with humans as well as big dogs. She loves to eat pecans.
Jeff admits Lady Biscuit would not survive in the wild now.
Although, it doesn't seem to bother Lady Biscuits she is leading a domesticated life.
Flying squirrels are nocturnal animals who chirp like birds.
They live in trees in the wild. In the home though, Lady Biscuit has turned Jeff into her own personal tree.
"She runs around me like I'm a big tree...then jumps on things and then jumps back, gets excited, starts chirping, rinse, and repeat," explains Jeff.
That's not to say Lady Biscuit does not find herself in dangerous situations. During one of her escapades in the home, the flying squirrel found herself stuck in the bathtub.
Lady Biscuit likes to jump from the couch to the table in the living room.
Jeff plans to upgrade Lady Biscuit's cage so she can be more active and do all the things flying squirrels do, except in the comfort of her human home. "I'm stuck with the little fluffball," says Jeff.
Source: Life Buzz