At the Crimea’s Bakhchisaray Miniature Park in Eastern Europe, 4 orphaned baby squirrels have found an unlikеly mom. They were found by a concerned citizen who brought them to the nearby animal organization. As fate would have it, the park had just had it’s own new residents born into the world. Park resident, a feline cat name Pusha, had just had a litter of four kittens. So park employees decided to see if Pusha would accept the squirrel babies as her own. After all, baby squirrels are sometimes called “kits” or “kittens”!
To the world’s delight, Pusha and the four orphaned squirrels have made one big happily mixed family.
It’s not completely unheard of to have this happen and the world loves animal “odd couples”. I know I can never get enough photos and pics of these adorable matches.
The benefit of having nursing mothers and another non-human to bond with is immeasurable. When the timing lines up and the stars fall into place, it’s just meant to be.
As with any animal introductions, it’s not necessarily a sure thing they’ll all get along.
For the four squirrel babies, meeting this new extra large and furry mama wasn’t successful immediately. The shock of being moved from their home and introduced to new things is overwhelming.
The four babies took a little time to check her out before accepting Pusha as their new mom. Not to mention her own kittens who towered over the squirrels.
They spend their days playing and snuggling with their new mama and siblings. Staff at the park are sure to monitor Pusha’s milk production though. Many mothers don’t produce enough milk so they are making sure everyone is okay in the new situation.
They sleep together, follow each other, climb, and fight over milk.