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Pregnant Squirrel Returns to House of Woman Who Saved Her to Have Babies
This sweet squirrel had a guardian angel looking out for her.
Rachel Shapiro
08.23.21

A woman named Simone Serfontein had no plans to take in a pet squirrel. But sometimes, life takes us on a surprising path. And for Simone, that path ended up leading her to become not only a squirrel foster mama but also a squirrel foster grandma.

It began on an October day in South Africa. Simone was at a friend’s house, and she saw a baby squirrel fall from her nest.

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The little one cried and cried for her mama, and Simone watched, waiting to see if the mom would help her baby. But nobody ever came down from the tree.

The baby was on her own.

“We honestly did not think that this tiny thing would make it, but we needed to try and help this baby,” Simone told The Dodo. ​

The poor baby squirrel was so tiny and young that it barely had any fur.

“When we picked her up her body temperature was very cold and she was obviously very scared,” Simone recalls. “Her eyes were still closed … We kept her nice and warm and she eventually stopped screaming.”

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Simone wasn’t about to just let the baby suffer all alone, so she took the squirrel, which she named Dingetjie, home with her. Simone and her boyfriend Christof now had to learn how to raise a baby squirrel, which was kind of like caring for a human baby.

It required her to feed the baby squirrel several times during the night.

“I did not really know anything about raising a baby squirrel and had to do a lot of research,” Simone said. “I never knew that raising a squirrel could be this hard.”

Simone created a little cage for Dingetjie, but the baby squirrel was wild by nature and did not want to be caged.

So, Simone created Dingetjie a little nest in a shoebox.

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Just like a human baby, Dingetjie couldn’t be left alone, Simone had to take the squirrel everywhere she went.

But eventually, Simone knew that Dingetjie would have to be released back into the wild.

And she did, but it wasn’t goodbye for good.

“We live in the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa and everything is wild around us,” Simone said. “There are many dangerous animals around us that she can run into and she needed to be ready for that.”

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Dingetjie’s animal instincts immediately kicked in when she was let outside. But she always made sure to come back and visit her human mommy.

“Every day for the first few months was a bit stressful saying goodbye; I always thought that this could maybe be the last time I see her,” Simone said. “But then every day when I came home she would be there either waiting or maybe she’d see me walking home from a tree or something and then a few minutes later she will run inside to come and say hello.”

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Eventually, Simone started leaving a window open so that Dingetjie could come and go as she pleased.

When the squirrel was 6-months-old, Simone noticed that her belly was getting pudgy.

“We realized she was picking up a lot of weight,” Simone said. “We knew she made a few squirrel friends but also thought that she was not yet sexually active. We then discovered that she was pregnant.”

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Dingetjie ended up staying in Simone’s house for most of her pregnancy. She used toilet paper to create a nest in a drawer.

Unfortunately, her first baby was stillborn.

But Dingetjie ended up getting pregnant again. This time she created several nests in Simone’s home. This time she gave birth to a healthy baby girl.

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“She’s such a smart and clever squirrel. I really think that it’s impossible to ever explain the relationship we have with her and the relationship she has with us,” Simone explains. “It’s honestly the most incredible thing I have ever experienced.”

Now, due to some health conditions, Dingjetjie and her babies live with Simone full-time. It’s clear that they’re happy and well taken care of. You can see more of Dingjetjie’s adventures on Instagram here.

Check out an adorable video of Dingjetjie below!

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Source: The Dodo

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By Rachel Shapiro
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Rachel Shapiro is a contributing writing at Shareably. She is based in New York and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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