This gray squirrel has not forgotten the family that gave him a second chance to live. For 8 years, this agile and small animal always jumped to the house of their rescuers to greet them. The most incredible thing about their relationship happened a few years ago when she came with a hurt foot and a secret that would reveal only her favorite humans.
When Brantley Harrison of South Carolina met Bella in October 2009, she was a gray squirrel with only 4 weeks of birth.
At that time, Bella and her three other relatives: Larry, Curly and Moe; they were left in the care of Brantley, a Greenville Wildlife Rehabilitation volunteer, after an owl attack.
Brantley and her family fed the hurt baby squirrel with fruits, vegetables, formula, and many nuts.
Gradually, the squirrels were cared for until their full recovery and released in April 2010.
Brantley and his family did not expect to see the squirrels again.
But, surprisingly, in the following years, one of the squirrels, Bella, kept returning to visit them, even until today.
“She comes almost daily for a little love, candy and to torment our dog Cid, through the window,” Brantley said according to WYFF4.
Brantley was surprised that there was nothing special about Bella.
“His personality was no different from that of any other squirrel he would have raised,” Brantley told The Dodo.
However, unlike Larry, Curly and Moe, the affectionate Bella has not forgotten how this kind of family helped her in times of need.
“Bella sits right at the entrance door waiting for someone to see her and comes to visit her,” shared Brantley. “He even jumped to the dining room window for someone to see.”
If Bella goes to Brantley’s house, she sits on everyone’s legs and eats a nut crust. Although she does not like to be caressed.
Since then, Bella has become part of the Harrison family.
Brantley loves sharing photos of Bella on Instagram. The photogenic squirrel looks so adorable with her little hat.
One day in 2012, Bella visited them with a broken foot.
Again, the Harrison family helped Bella recover.
Just when Bella looked pretty good to be released, she gave the family a special surprise.
Bella gave birth to three baby squirrels.
“Not in a million years would I have imagined that I would be able to see my baby that I raised with their babies. Does this make me a grandmother ?! ” Brantley wrote in an Instagram post.
The family took care of the squirrel family until April 2013, when the babies were old enough to be released.
The bond between Bella and the Harrison family is adorable, right?
Many of Bella’s stories inspire “at least one person to have compassion for living beings, no matter if they are big or small,” Brantley said.
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